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Do we still need NATO?

President elect Donald Trump says NATO is an "obsolete" program. Furthermore, he says it goes against American interests as some member nations don't pay their dues. Trump's critics say his rejection of NATO is a slap in the face to U.S. allies and could destabilize the international power balance. Trump's supporters think it's time America reconsiders its obligations to foreign nations to ensure no one is taking advantage of us. What do you think?

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Trump is playing with fire here. Russia's ambitions to become a great power is kept in check by NATO and the assumption that a massive army will be on Moscow's doorstep if Russia ever attacks a NATO member.

The full ramifications of a breakdown in transatlantic relations are so extensive they are difficult to total. U.S. guarantees underpin European security. The United States and the European Union, with a population of 500 million, are each other’s most important trading partner. For decades, European nations and the United States have worked tightly together on issues of war, peace and trade.

European leaders are worried that NATO will be ineffective without U.S. backing which would enable an increasingly aggressive Russia. It's important to remember that the only time Article 5, which calls for automatic military aid for members, was used was in defense of the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks. 

Trump’s attitudes have alarmed Europe, which is facing a wave of elections this year in which anti-immigrant, Euroskeptic leaders could gain in power. Most mainstream leaders had committed to working with Trump after his inauguration Jan. 20, even as they expressed hope that he would moderate his views once he took office. His hard line has created the grim realization in Europe that they may now have to stand alone, without their oldest, strongest partner.

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Trump's supporters say it is important to reconsider things the establishment has taken for granted—like NATO funding and support.

Yes, NATO is an alliance based on values and not just parochial interests. But it is not a US-funded charity, and that is how it has been treated since the end of the Cold War by the majority of its members.

The U.S. cannot pay for all of Europe's defense. 

The other 23 countries have decided for decades that they don’t want to pay for their own protection. They’ll just freeload on America’s good will. (I mean the yanks saved Europe from self-destruction twice, so they’ll do it again. Right. Right……??)
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Trump also argues NATO was created for a different geopolitical climate. In a world where ISIS is the biggest enemy, NATO is an ineffective solution. Here, Alexei Pushkov, Russian head of the Foreign Affairs Committee, questions NATO's priorities. 

“The question is whether NATO really is an organization, which is capable of ensuring adequate security and protection for its member-states. Judging by the recent terrorist attack in Paris, it is not, and not only because it failed to prevent these attacks happening. The fact is that NATO is simply not preoccupied with things like standing up to terrorist threats,” Alexei Pushkov told Friday’s session of the State Duma lower house of parliament.
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Do we still need NATO?
#NATOIsIrrelevant
A festive crown for the winner
#NATOMaintainsSafety