Reply To: Trump says he’d Disregard NATO Treaty, Urge Russian Attacks on Allies

  • outdoorsguy

    February 12, 2024 at 11:23 pm

    Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which was drawn up in 1949, commits NATO members to treat an invasion of one as an invasion of them all.

    The only time Article 5 has ever been invoked was in 2001, after the U.S. was attacked by al-Qaida.

    It was a reversal of expectations: The assumption had always been that the U.S. would come to the defense of Western Europe; now Europe was coming to the defense of the U.S.

    (President George W. Bush brushed away the offer, though nearly all the NATO nations sent troops to Afghanistan, joining the U.S. invasion to oust the Taliban and protect a new government, even though they had no direct stakes in the fight.)

    Yet when aides first tried to educate Ignorant Donald J Trump on Article 5, soon after he was installed as president, he couldn’t fathom the whole concept.

    “You mean if Russia attacked Lithuania, we would go to war with Russia?” he responded. “That’s crazy!”