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Trump Has NATO’s– and the West’s– Best Interests in Mind

By John Livingston, Ph.D

February 22, 2024

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, made a statement in 2019 that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was facing a duration of intellectual decline. This remark was made before Donald Trump, the President of the United States, was accused of being a Russian apologist or a precursor of doom for the West. Former President Barack Obama also advised NATO members to contribute their fair and agreed share to the company, however, neither he nor Macron dealt with such accusations. Nevertheless, Trump has undergone such criticisms, highlighting a double standard commonly practiced by the woke, progressive media and politicians.

In the years considering that Trump left office, the Biden administration has induced an ordeal in Afghanistan, deserted American residents and allies, waged a war on energy to the benefit of Russia, presented woke and progressive ideas causing artificial social conflicts, damaged U.S. standing in the worldwide community, and might well have actually motivated the disputes we see all over the world.

Offered this context, President Trump’s reelection is no risk to the West. On the contrary, it has the potential to strengthen it.

How can increasing NATO contributions– as Trump has sought to do– mean damaging it? If Trump were doing Russia or China prefers, certainly he would motivate member states not to spend for their defense. Lots of U.S. people, and especially conservatives, are concerned that there is little accountability and transparency with the money spent by the United States abroad. Trump is echoing this issue, in some cases roughly, because previous calls have gone unheard

The 45th president and his base know that the American retreat from the global phase after World War I added to a more complex and less stable international environment. Today, such an isolationist position would mean a lessened and worse-off U.S. and a more dominant China. America First does not mean America alone, as Trump stated in 2018.

This outlook extends beyond defense. For several years, political leaders in the European Union shut down nuclear reactors (which produce clean, low-cost, safe energy), closed coal plants, and prohibited natural gas exploration, hurting the supply side in the name of so-called green energy. This open war on conventional energy sources, without renewable options to satisfy demand, has made the EU depend on Russia and other non-oil countries for energy. President Trump was the very first to caution that this reliance on Russia would backfire. He made the U.S. energy independent and promoted the EU to turn away from Russia and towards allies to supply energy products.

During his presidency, Trump’s administration imposed numerous sanctions and designations on individuals and entities connected to Russia, with approximately half of them being connected to Ukraine. Significantly, President Obama’s Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has acknowledged that Trump’s administration has taken a tougher stance on Russia compared to previous administrations.

In 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Russia for its illegal activities in Crimea and its continuous hostility towards Ukraine. During the Trump administration, sanctions were enforced in response to Russia’s persistent hostility in Ukraine, offenses of human rights, the Salisbury attack, and involvement in Syria and Venezuela, in addition to other acts of aggression like cyberattacks. President Trump likewise implemented rigorous sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Trump holds the conviction that a robust domestic landscape can enhance a country’s standing on the worldwide phase, thereby strengthening its negotiation abilities and deterring possible enemies. The past 4 years, spanning from 2017 to 2021, function as a testament to this belief, having been marked by relative peace and stability.

During Trump’s preliminary term, he made considerable strides in diplomacy, brokering peace agreements in between Israel and Arab nations in the Middle East. He likewise effectively combated the Islamic State, carried out a successful optimum pressure policy against Iran, and imposed sanctions on communist federal governments.

Trump was the one who highlighted the danger presented by China and suggested the idea of decoupling. The U.S. and the EU share a shared interest in collaborating on this matter, aiming to enhance cooperation in various aspects such as economy, geopolitics, and culture. This might involve a shift away from socialist techniques towards accepting capitalism and free markets.

In a potential 2nd term for President Trump, it’s important to resolve the problem of U.S. emissaries promoting their progressive programs, thereby weakening the President’s concerns. The administration must not be enabled to make decisions that counter the President’s goals, as was the case on many occasions throughout his first term. Rather, the focus ought to be on strengthening ties with like-minded allies who share the very same interests and worths, while also being mindful of nations that play both sides, especially in delicate regions, which promote socialism.

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Naturally, it must be acknowledged that the excesses of American foreign policy have actually added to a wonder about and suspicion for international engagement amongst the American individuals. It falls upon conservative leaders to reconcile the need for U.S. management on the world phase with the demands of American individuals for vigilance, openness, responsibility, and better financial and social policies within the country.

President Trump has the chance to demonstrate once again, throughout his 2nd term, the United States and its allies’ capability to preserve a strong stance versus geopolitical foes while all at once boosting domestic development through tax cuts, deregulation, supply-side policies, border security, and law and order. By motivating Europe to embrace similar policies, Trump can cultivate a brand-new coalition that promotes a shared vision and reinforces both the US and Europe. This technique is reminiscent of the successful collaboration between President Ronald Reagan, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II, who collaborated to keep a balance of power in the West throughout their time.

There is a great possibility to bring back lost eminence to the West, to protect the worths that are now under attack, and to bring success to American and European residents through the ideal policies. This will restrain the aggressive goals of geopolitical rivals that do not want a Western-based world order. President Trump can be the leader to attain this– he ought to be offered the possibility to make his case and continue what he started.