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NATO Is Obsolete
Trump's criticisms of NATO and U.S. defense are both valid and needed.

NATO Is Obsolete
Trump's criticisms of NATO and U.S. defense are both valid and needed.

usnews. at 7:00 a.com/sharer/sharer. In his campaign and transition to power.php? u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww." because NATO was not set up to respond to terrorist threats.usnews.com%2Fopinion%2Fworld-report%2Farticles%2F2017-01- 24%2Fdonald-trump-is-right-that-nato-is-obsolete-as-are-more-defense-practices%3Fsrc=usn_fb) (https://twitter. President Donald Trump has repeatedly sent tremors through the commanding heights of the U. military efforts by not bearing their fair share of the burden.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.S. .com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.m. calling it "obsolete.(Alexander Koerner/Getty Images) (https://www.usnews. 24.reddit. Recently.S. and reminding the world that the allies free-ride off U. he again attacked the NATO alliance.com%2Fopinion%2Fworld-re practices%3Fsrc=usn_tw&text=Donald%20Trump%20Is%20Right%20That%20NATO%20Is%20Obsolete%20%E (http://www.com%2Fopinion%2Fworld- report%2Farticles%2F2017-01-24%2Fdonald-trump-is-right-that-nato-is-obsolete-as-are-more-defense- practices%3Fsrc=usn_rd) MORE By Ivan Eland (/topics/author/ivan-eland) | Contributor Jan. national security establishment. 2017.

Embarrassingly. the United States really didn't need the allies' limited military capabilities. [RELATED: A New Look for NATO (//www.usnews. Per usual they mostly provided international political cover for a U. Thus Trump is correct that the Cold War-era alliance needs to be scrapped or at the very least reformed. Trump is right on both counts.com/opinion/world-report/articles/2016-12-08/the-us-should-redesign-nato-and-let- .usnews. Establishment 韛�gures such as former Ambassador Nicholas Burns often try to refute both of these points by arguing that the only time the Article V mutual defense clause of the NATO treaty has ever been invoked was after the 9/11 attacks. In addition. although ousting the Taliban regime and killing Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders may have been needed. the long and unnecessary NATO occupation of Afghanistan merely led to an increase in terrorism and other destabilizing violence there and in neighboring Pakistan.S. Never mind that the real reason the allies eagerly invoked Article V after 9/11 was to show that the alliance was a two-way street. The fact is.-dominated military operation. given the United States alone accounts for about 75 percent of the military spending of the 28-country alliance.com/opinion/world-report/articles/2016-12-08/the-us- should-redesign-nato-and-let-europe-lead-its-defense)] (//www. and that NATO troops have fought and died in Afghanistan going after al-Qaida terrorists and their Taliban hosts. With incompatible equipment and an abundance of restrictions on the use of their forces. some American personnel actually complained that the allies simply got in the way.

com/opinion/articles/2016-05-11/trump-deserves-credit-for-injecting-nato-into-the- presidential-campaign) On the business end of the armed forces. Gen. Under this more restrained military posture.S. Military personnel. Trump's new secretary of Farticles%2F2017-01-24%2Fdonald-trump-is-right-that-nato-is-obsolete-as-are-more-defense- defense. Therefore the armed forces should get out of the business of providing things like housing. health care and golf courses. because land- based 韛�ghters and heavy bombers taking off on longer runways can carry and drop much more ordinance than vulnerable carrier battleships. less likely wars that affect America's vital interests. commissaries.S. the military should not be providing anything that the private sector can provide better and cheaper.org/research/new-american-grand-strategy) in an article based on %93%20As%20Are%20More%20Defense%20Practices%20%7C%20World%20Report%20%7C%20US%20News) his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. Bush helped create the Islamic State group by his unneeded and costly invasion of Iraq. there must come a time when moral outrage. much more air power can be brought to bear by the Air Force. Could we re-energize the arms control effort by only counting vice launchers? Any reduction in weapon systems or force structure should also include a reduction in the number of aircraft carriers the U. the United States could avoid brush 韛�re conퟢ�icts and 韛�ght the larger. we should say so. Other weapons systems should be examined for reductions as well In the very same congressional testimony. breaks out. europe-lead-its-defense) More generally.usnews. Absent growing our military. Marines and Air Force. By railing against the excessive costs and delays in development and production of the F-35 韛�ghter by the Navy. such long-term U. noted this (http://www. 2015: 2F2017-01-24%2Fdonald-trump-is-right-that-nato-is-obsolete-as-are-more-defense-practices%3Fsrc=usn_rd) With less military available. 27. Former President George W. Mattis also hinted at paring down nuclear forces: We must clearly establish the role of our nuclear weapons: do they serve solely to deter nuclear war? If so. such as in Iraq and Syria. removing the land-based missiles? This would reduce the false alarm danger. and the resulting clarity will help to determine the number we need. which laudably is the only kind Mattis seems to want to 韛�ght. Is it time to reduce the Triad to a Diad [sic]. has in its arsenal. As was the case in Afghanistan. like . General Jim Mattis. or lesser threats cannot be militarily addressed. we must reduce our appetite for using it.usnews. thus allowing more of the Army and Air Force to be transferred to the less costly National Guard. If a major war. =usn_fb) involvement only creates more terrorists.hoover. the bedrock of defense reform should be staying out of other nonstrategic brush 韛�re wars d-report%2Farticles%2F2017-01-24%2Fdonald-trump-is-right-that-nato-is-obsolete-as-are-more-defense- in the developing world. Trump has signaled that defense reform will be a top priority for him. serious humanitarian plight. [RELATED: What Trump Gets Right About NATO (//www. Prioritization is needed if we are to remain capable of the most critical mission for which we have a military: to 韛�ght on short notice and defend the country.com/opinion/articles/2016-05- 11/trump-deserves-credit-for-injecting-nato-into-the-presidential-campaign)] (//www.

James Mattis (//www.usnews.com/topics/subjects/foreign-policy). despite the armed forces themselves wanting to close excess military bases at home =usn_fb) and abroad. excessively rigid military speci韛�cations should be relaxed (especially for computer and communication systems).usnews. military (//www.usnews. national security terrorism and the military (//www.com/topics/organizations/nato). national security (//www. could purchase these services on the civilian market more ef韛�ciently at a cheaper price.com/topics/locations/afghanistan).com/topics/subjects/nuclear_weapons).com/topics/people/donald_trump).com/topics/subjects/national-security-terrorism-and-the- military). In the procurement of weapon systems. Regardless. Tags: Donald Trump (//www.com/topics/subjects/national_security). another round of base closure is sorely needed.usnews. Recommended Articles . foreign policy (//www. Finally. nuclear weapons (//www. Such reform efforts. Farticles%2F2017-01-24%2Fdonald-trump-is-right-that-nato-is-obsolete-as-are-more-defense- %93%20As%20Are%20More%20Defense%20Practices%20%7C%20World%20Report%20%7C%20US%20News) President-elect Donald Trump and Secretary of Defense Mattis appear eager to stir the pot when it comes 2F2017-01-24%2Fdonald-trump-is-right-that-nato-is-obsolete-as-are-more-defense-practices%3Fsrc=usn_rd) to defense and national security.usnews.usnews. are duly warranted.com/topics/subjects/war in afghanistan).com/topics/people/mattis- james) (/topics/author/ivan-eland) Ivan Eland (/topics/author/ivan-eland) | CONTRIBUTOR Ivan Eland is a senior fellow with the Independent Institute. War in Afghanistan (2001-2014) (//www.usnews.com/topics/subjects/defense_spending). thereby allowing companies doing primarily civilian work to compete for defense contracts and subcontracts – resulting in lower costs to the d-report%2Farticles%2F2017-01-24%2Fdonald-trump-is-right-that-nato-is-obsolete-as-are-more-defense- taxpayer.usnews.usnews. NATO (//www.usnews. defense spending (//www. everyone else. Afghanistan (//www.usnews. members of Congress don't want to see the federal welfare for their states and districts disappear.com/topics/subjects/military). while surely giving the establishment heartburn.