Trump Was Right: Top NATO General Concedes Alliance Is “Obsolete”

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Jan 18, 2017

The media remains focused on the apparently widening gap between the president-elect and his Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis over NATO after Trump reconfirmed charges from his campaign that NATO is “obsolete,” in a joint interview Sunday with The London Times and Germany’s Bild publication, which are at odds with retired Marine Gen. Mattis, who said, “If we didn’t have NATO today, we’d need to create it. NATO is vital to our interests,” during his Senate confirmation hearing last week.

In his remarks to The London Times and Bild, Trump said of NATO:> “It’s obsolete, first because it was designed many, many years ago.” He renewed his charges that most members of the 28-nation alliance are not living up to their responsibilities under the treaty.

The U.S. provides about 70 percent of the funding for NATO while other nations “aren’t paying their fair share, so we’re supposed to protect countries,” Trump said. “There’s five countries that are paying what they’re supposed to — five. It’s not much.”

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