In the 2016 election, Donald Trump famously said that NATO is obsolete and then backtracked on that position during a press conference with the NATO Secretary General. Do you agree with the president?
That's an interesting question. Donald Trump said a number of things during the 2016 campaign. As you may recall, after the election Mr. Trump actually backtracked on a number of statements that he made during the campaign, labeling them as "campaign promises". I'm not sure how his supporters are letting him get away with an obvious lie but, a political campaign is how candidates present our resumes and should detail a list of commitments... I don't like to use the term promise. I prefer to call them commitments. Each commitment carries with it the full weight of the character of the person making it, whether it's being made during a campaign or in general.
NATO was established in 1949 as a military alliance of North American and European nations to together counter an attack by the Soviet Union. All that being said, NATO is not obsolete. NATO is an expression of the military will and commitment of all the allied nations to support and defend one another. It would be arrogance to think that any nation, including the United States, could stand alone against any enemy, warding off an attack against our homeland. We are obligated to stand for and with each other.
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