Trump Again Threatens to Leave NATO (That's a Good Thing)


President Trump again threatens to leave NATO. Some are shocked. I say: please do.

The New York Times reports Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO.

Senior administration officials told The New York Times that several times over the course of 2018, Mr. Trump privately said he wanted to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Current and former officials who support the alliance said they feared Mr. Trump could return to his threat as allied military spending continued to lag behind the goals the president had set.

In the days around a tumultuous NATO summit meeting last summer, they said, Mr. Trump told his top national security officials that he did not see the point of the military alliance, which he presented as a drain on the United States.

Now, the president’s repeatedly stated desire to withdraw from NATO is raising new worries among national security officials amid growing concern about Mr. Trump’s efforts to keep his meetings with Mr. Putin secret from even his own aides, and an F.B.I. investigation into the administration’s Russia ties.

Please Exit NATO

In case you have not noticed, I do not give a damn about political parties or what they stand for.

Rather, I stand for policies.

About Policies

I agree with Trump we need to leave Syria and Afghanistan. And I agree that NATO is a useless drain on US finances.

I disagree with Trump on the wall because it attacks a symptom not the real issue.

Every time I disagree with Trump I get accused of being a "Hillary lover".

The fact is, I voted for Trump. And against Hillary, I would do so again. Hillary would certainly not threaten to exit NATO. Nor would she exit Syria or Afghanistan. I am very anti-war.

Trump makes me nauseous over Iran and many other things, but Hillary makes me nauseous over almost everything.


I am damn tired of partisan politics.

On the current course, we are headed for an extremely undesirable showdown between socialist nut cases and extreme right-wing warmongers. The nomination process is clearly geared towards extremism.

The vast majority of the US wanted neither Trump nor Hillary, but someone had to win.

The next election rates to be even worse.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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“On the current course, we are headed for an extremely undesirable showdown between socialist nut cases and extreme right-wing warmongers.”

One of the best observations I have seen in quite a while. Moderate people are between two insane factions who are destroying America.


"Right-wing" = those that believe in smaller, limited government with less taxes that actually abides by the US Constitution as written.

So exactly who are you talking about with war mongering that have any actual power? McCain is dead was was for bigger government. Trump is trying to get out of the obama wars and avoid a conflict with Russia (for which he is savaged). Bolton looked at options but did nothing.

Chris P
Chris P

As long as there is a $800 Billion military budget we will be in wars around the world of our own making. The consumables must be used so they can make new ones. If you stand in the way of any of that you will be removed.


The logical time to disband NATO was when the Cold War ended nearly 30 years ago. Of course, that didn't happen, and the only explanation is that the MIC still finds it useful. The "drain on US finances" Mish cites here is a feature, not a bug.

The MIC still wields massive power, both overall and specifically within the Trump admin. In other words, we're not leaving NATO anytime soon.


NATO has been a stabilizing force. I don't agree that withdrawing would be positive. The end result would be a loss of U.S. influence in the region. And military influence and economic influence are closely related.

The idea that Europe takes and the U.S. pays is nonsense. Somehow everyone forgets that NATO has only invoked Article 5 once in its history—in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Our European allies have joined with the U.S. to support us multiple times