OK, it’s not exactly news when Trump contradicts himself, but consider this doozie:
Trump is excoriating America’s NATO allies for failing to meet the agreed-upon target of spending at least 2 percent of GDP on the military. The U.S. spends close to 4 percent, and Trump has just urged NATO members to double their target to 4 percent, too.
But hold on. If memory serves, NATO was created to protect Western Europe against Soviet Russia.
The Kremlin is no longer Soviet, but its near-neighbors like the Baltic republics and Ukraine are all too aware that Russian territorial swagger has not disappeared. Donald Trump, however, seems to believe otherwise. If things go according to plan, he will go directly from the summit meetings bashing our NATO allies to a love-fest session with Putin.
So please explain: If Putin is a benign pussycat, why does NATO need to spend more money on the military—to contain a nation that Trump no longer considers a threat?
a) This is just an excuse to bash Europe.
b) Trump doesn’t know, and he is oblivious to contradictions.
c) Whacking NATO is another way to suck up to Putin.
d) Europe is spending plenty, even if Putin is a problem.
e) All of the above.