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1. The NATO alliance is 70 years old today. It has undergone a lot of changes since originally formed to provide for the collective defense of Western Europe against the former Soviet Union.
2. This is the Alliance’s current purpose from NATO’s public-facing website:

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NATO’s purpose is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.
3. POLITICAL - NATO promotes democratic values and enables members to consult and cooperate on defence and security-related issues to solve problems, build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict.
4. MILITARY - NATO is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. If diplomatic efforts fail, it has the military power to undertake crisis-management operations
5. These are carried out under the collective defence clause of NATO's founding treaty - Article 5 of the Washington Treaty or under a United Nations mandate, alone or in cooperation with other countries and international organisations.

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nato.int/nato-welcome/i…
6. The Economist is a pro-EU magazine that presents NATO from an elitist point of view. NATO’s defense shield allowed Europe to rebuild after WW-II while at the same time shifting the bulk of its costs to the US (the Euro-elite have always loved picking our pockets!)
7. Here are some excerpts from a recent Economist article celebrating NATO’s 70 years, with emphasis on their views on what @POTUS supposedly thinks about the alliance:

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8. A study in 2010 by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think-tank, counted 63 major military alliances over the previous five centuries, of which just ten lived beyond 40; the average lifespan of collective-defence alliances was 15 years
9. It has expanded from 12 members at its birth to 29—soon to be 30 when North Macedonia joins, its dispute with Greece over its name now settled. For its first four decades nato was busy deterring the Soviet threat
10. But after communism collapsed, the alliance did not proclaim victory and shut up shop; instead it reinvented itself, helping to stabilise the new democracies of eastern Europe
11. [The 70th anniversary will be celebrated during] a one-day gathering of foreign ministers on April 4th in Washington, DC, where the North Atlantic Treaty was signed in 1949.
12. NATO wants to avoid a repeat of the bruising confrontations that took place at its summit in Brussels last July, where America’s president, Donald Trump, berated his allies for not pulling their weight on defence.
13. [However,] NATO optimists [are] not fretting too much over Mr Trump. On his watch America has increased, not decreased, its defence efforts in Europe, with more equipment, more troops and more money.
14. Funding for America’s military presence in Europe, under what is called the European Deterrence Initiative, has risen by 40%.
15. For two years the allies were reassured by the presence around him of NATO-friendly “adults in the room”, especially generals such as James Mattis, the defence secretary.
16. These grown-ups could not prevent transatlantic rows over trade and the nuclear deal with Iran, which Mr Trump has abandoned, but they could exercise some restraint.

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Read the rest here: economist.com/special-report…
17. Did you catch the disparaging and belittling language used in reference to the President, implying that he’s an impetuous child & that the “adults in the room” have defended NATO fm his attempts to shake up the alliance by rebalancing the contributions of European countries?
18. Reminds me of the B.S. we’ve seen from the legacy media, Democrats and especially the #NeverTrump foreign policy establishment over the last two years! These people are all disgraceful fools and not to be believed
19. President Trump is misconstrued (by his shrill critics) about his strong support for NATO. Let’s review some facts! Recently, during the visit of Brazilian President Bolsonaro, @POTUS avowed he would support Brazil's membership in NATO, if desired
20. And most people forget that Charles De Gaulle pulled France out of NATO for decades, all in a ridiculous tiff of hubris.
21. Additionally, the Franco-German Brigade of the 1980s was a non-starter dismal flop. The NATO Rapid Deployment Force mainly has been an exercise on paper. The European Union's non-American security force has been an illusion.
22. The British military is evaporating down to near-irrelevance (the Royal Navy is now slightly smaller than the US Coast Guard in ships and personnel).
23. And now Merkel (Germany) and Macron (France) want to really “show Trump” by talking about building Franco-German aircraft carriers (FTFO!) while the German defense budget is nosediving to 1.2% of GDP again.
24. In eastern NATO, there is more enthusiasm than ever since the Cold War for the Alliance's very real needed function of protecting from Russian hegemonism and aggression.
25. The three Baltic Republics want permanent NATO (especially US) troops stationed there as a political tripwire against the Russians. Montenegro and North Macedonia are joining NATO. Ukraine and Georgia would desperately like to join NATO, if allowed.
26. Poland wants a whole US division and air bases stationed on its soil (has even offered half-seriously to name the army base "Fort Trump").
27. Trump has deployed theater ballistic missile defense (TBMD) batteries and radars to eastern NATO; flowed increased aid, training, and lethal weapons to Ukraine; and provided support for Georgia. Romania has offered the US a permanent naval base on the Black Sea.
28. @POTUS’s reorientation of the US military's capabilities and S&T investments away from counterinsurgency and the Middle East to squaring off against Russia and China is directly benefiting the increased security of NATO's European countries!
29. @POTUS could have been less brash and more diplomatic (and back channel) in his demands to other NATO members to pay their fair share for the first time in 68 years. His brusque New York manner rubs a lot of supposedly sophisticated people the wrong way.
30. We’ve seen and heard MANY complaints about his style and manner over the past years by the political class and their enablers in the legacy media. I don’t know about you, but I care a hell of a lot more about the SUBSTANCE (and results) of his policies than his style!
31. In fact, my wife and I absolutely LOVE his style! He’s sticking it to Democrats and the media, the likes of which we have NEVER EVER seen a Republican president do. Please don’t ever stop, @POTUS; you’re driving them bat-sh!t crazy and delivering on your promises!
32. But perhaps he needed to embarrass and harangue the Europeans very loudly and publicly in order to get their compliance – rather than their pretty words, no action, and business as usual that wet-noodle US presidents like Obama have accepted from them for decades.
33. I do not doubt that the approach and increasing power of the Russian bear will drive all the chickens in the NATO barnyard to seek the protection of the big American mastiff hound – just like they’ve been doing for the past 70 years when the going gets rough.
34. The bottom line is that no, Europe cannot fend for itself in defense from Russia, and @POTUS – and the Europeans themselves – know that! America isn’t going to pull out of NATO. And, by the way, that Economist article is just Euro-elite sophistry and insulting. ///The end.
Appendix. @POTUS is GOOD for NATO, despite the European caterwauling:
freebeacon.com/national-secur…
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