Trump NATO speech breaks Europe’s heart – Global Times

Flag of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...

Flag of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Español: Bandera de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte (OTAN). Polski: Flaga Paktu Północnoatlantyckiego (NATO). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China’s hard-hitting newspaper, the Global Times highlights the differences between Trump’s US and other NATO allies, in particular in Europe. It argues that the US has built giant security assets overseas in the post WWII era and warns that now that the US economic advantage has become less prominent, what Trump wants to do is to “sell” some of the geopolitical assets in exchange for cash.

Trump NATO speech breaks Europe’s heart – Global Times

For years now, Canada, Germany, and to a lesser extent France, have got off lightly in paying their share towards NATO. It’s just not fair to other members like the the US and the UK who have their own financial problems. Of course, there’s a right and a wrong way to apply international pressure. Sadly, Trump bluntness and unpredictability are weakening the NATO alliance and analysts are increasingly factoring the heightened risk of WWIII being triggered by a rogue escalation.

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  1. Dr Alf brings us an interesting take on NATO and the latest bombast from Trump.

    Trump forgets that Europe is part of a global concentric ring of defence whose purpose is to defend America rather than Europe.

    The second ring of defence is the 185 bases and prepositioned sets of supplies which the Americans have surrounding Russia and China and the 3rd is its mobile and static weather warfare capabilities including its base in Antarctica.

    The 4th capability is its Space Command run by the US Navy with futuristic craft and weapons 40 to 50 years ahead of what we are given to understand is possible. The 4th capability was built using money plundered from American taxpayers in the form of “Black Programmes” before and after the 2008 banking crisis.

    Dr Alf will recall Donald Rumsfeld being questioned by Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney about monies which had disappeared from the Pentagon budget amounting to 2.8 trillion dollars in one year and 1.9 trillion dollars in another. No explanation was forthcoming then and we are no wiser today.

    Trump now wishes to recoup some of this cost from the NATO allies but the question then arises about these concentric rings of defence which are many times greater than America needs for its defence.

    This buildup of forces has been going on for many years starting in 1947, with the de-Nazification of Verner Von Braun and Oberth plus the rest of the SS rocket scientists, running through Project Aurora, the work done on Die Glocke which escaped every attempt at destruction by Allied bombers in 1944 only to reappear in America some 40 years later in 1984.

    President GW Bush ordered the secret development of a “Death Star ” weapon at the time he abrogated the ABM treaty and then ordered it to be prepositioned into deep space for deployment on what basis one can only guess at.

    Trump with his dealmaking skills and knowledge of real estate lacks proper understanding of what all this means and does not understand the bigger picture.

    Whether Jared Kushner or his daughter do or many of the NATO countries leaders do is also questionable.

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