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LTC Stephen F.
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As Donald Trump mentioned last night NATO has already agreed to change based on his criticism of their response to terror SFC (Join to see).
1. I take NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg's comments with a large grain of salt "Solidarity among allies is a key value for NATO." "We defend one another. We have seen this in Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of European, Canadian, and partner nation troops have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. soldiers. Two world wars have shown that peace in Europe is also important for the security of the United States."
2. The first world war was fought because of alliances that could not be broken, The second world war included allies from WWI that became enemies in WWII - Italy and Japan.
3. Turkey is a part of NATO and they are becoming more radicalized. The open immigration policies of France, Belgium and Germany have allowed ISIS terrorists and wannabes to enter this nations.
When one NATO state fights against another NATO state we don't want to be drawn in unnecessarily.
4. We are positioning capability in Poland to deter Russia from moving west in that region. Similarly we have capability in Bulgaria which provide access to the Black Sea and reach if necessary to Ukraine,
5. Donald Trump probably has the best understanding about treaties of anybody at this point. Treaties are contractual arrangements between nations or sub-nations [remember our "treaties with the indigenous people of this nation].
6. When one or more parties fails to live up to a treaty the treaty should be considered null and void.
Impeached former President William Jefferson Clinton entered into treaties with China and the NAFTA treaty which have both hurt us. How many jobs have left this nation since NAFTA?
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MSG Tom Earley
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Do the NATO countries need to contribute more to their defense? damn right they do.
Should we still defend them if they need us? Damn right we do.
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SSG Martin Reyna
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The UN and NATO expect the US to be there with Money, Soldiers, Equipment, Weapons Etc. Those of us who have served and have been deployed on NATO or UN mission know that the US takes the biggest hit in any aspect. I believe if they want our support they have to shoulder an equal amount of responsibility (debt, Soldiers, etc.)
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