Nato is like a loveless marriage
Nato is not just about defence, any more than capitalism is just about making money. Donald Trump misunderstands both. His ruthless, zero-sum approach to business is mirrored in his foreign-policy stance, which emboldens America’s enemies and dismays its allies.
That is the upshot of his first foreign trip as President, in which he cosied up to Saudi Arabia and lambasted America’s European friends for their inadequate contribution to Nato.
In practice, so far, not much has changed. Thanks to Atlanticist stalwarts such as the defence secretary, James Mattis, the national security adviser, HR McMaster, and the commander of US forces in Europe, …read more