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VB The Wise: Trump hits NATO like a Trumpnado

Doug 'VB' Goudie
May 26, 2017 - 5:35 am
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   Hey, we've all been there.  A bunch of you get together for dinner, and there's always those couple of guys who order the most expensive thing on the menu, they drink more than anyone else at the table, and then the bill comes and suddenly they have alligator arms.  And when they pull that stunt repeatedly, what do we all eventually do?  Do we A. Just let them keep freeloading, or B. Call them out in front of everybody, and if they don't start ponying up, we stop including them in dinner?  In my experience with such grifters, I and my friends have consistently chosen option B.  And now the POTUS has made that same choice.

   "In facing our common challenges, we must also ensure that NATO members meet their financial obligations and pay what they owe.  Many have not been doing that", is how POTUS put it to a stunned NATO crowd.  And with that, President Trump all but ensured that Germany and others will be attempting to hack the 2020 Presidential election in favor of Elizabeth Warren, she of the college loan forgiveness idea.  Angela Merkel was seen smirking while Trump made his comments, and many have read that as a sign that she doesn't take Trump seriously.  Why would that be, however, considering Merkel has been the Trumpnado on the Greek debt crisis, she has been the driving force behind not forgiving Greece of any of its massive obligations, even though other European leaders like France's new wonder boy Macron seem to favor an Elizabeth Warren type solution in that case.  And, as if the NATO members thought Trump was only giving lip service, his cherry-on-top line "I never once asked what the new NATO headquarters cost, I refuse to do that, but it is beautiful," certainly drove the point home that he ain't playing.

   So, will Trump stay firm on this?  Who knows, but in the short run there are two main things to understand; one, it in no way hurts Trump at home to talk tough to Europe, as we are all know our coattails have been too long for too long; and two, if Trump finagles even ten cents out of Luxembourg and a quarter out of Bulgaria, then that is 35 cents more than we would have had if he handled things the Obama way.  In any case, a message was sent to NATO today, and that message was simple - stop ordering the expensive wine and the lobster thermidor unless you plan on picking up the check.  The message Trump delivered is this, while for the longest time NATO may have stood for: 

No one

Actually

Takes 

Out checkbook                    

 

But now there's a new sheriff in town, and from now on it must stand for:

 

No more

Alligator arms,

Time to pay.

Or else.

 

More wisdom next week.

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