Commentary September 16, 2020

NATO alliance remains a transatlantic bargain

President Trump’s impulsive decision recently to remove 12,000 American troops from Germany — without a serious interagency review or consultation with close allies — is just the latest example of how undisciplined and ill-advised his actions toward NATO and Europe have become in the past 3 1/2 years.
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President Trump’s impulsive decision recently to remove 12,000 American troops from Germany — without a serious interagency review or consultation with close allies — is just the latest example of how undisciplined and ill-advised his actions toward NATO and Europe have become in the past 3 1/2 years. As the NATO deputy secretary general from 2016 to 2019, I always marveled at the bipartisan support the alliance enjoys. Since NATO was founded in 1949, every U.S. president and every Congress have worked to deepen transatlantic cooperation. This unwavering support has kept the peace for more than 70 years.

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