Is Trump Foolish To Demand Abolishing NATO?

One of the centerpieces of Donald Trump’s rhetoric is his claim that the United States spends far too much money defending allies who ought to be able to pay for their own defense.

Trump proposes either withdrawing troops from foreign bases or requiring those other countries to pay for their upkeep. As Ben Shapiro has pointed out recently in National Review, this is likely to be something Trump is serious about doing should he be elected. In particular, he has criticized NATO and called for its abolition or radical restructuring.

On the surface, Trump would seem to have a point.

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