Pat Buchanan is the former co-host of Buchanan & Press on MSNBC. He is also an author, commentator and a regular member of The McLaughlin Group for much of the program’s history. Mr. Buchanan was a candidate for President of the United States three times. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He began his career writing editorials for the St. Louis Globe-Dispatch. He was an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and was director of White House Communications for two years for President Ronald Reagan.
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NOVEMBER 26, 2019
Is Macron Right? Is NATO, 70, Brain Dead?
A week from now, the 29 member states of “the most successful alliance in history” will meet to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Yet all is not well within NATO.
Instead of a “summit,” the gathering, on the outskirts of London, has been cut to two days. Why the shortened agenda?
Among the reasons, apprehension that President Donald Trump might use the occasion to disrupt alliance comity by again berating the Europeans for freeloading on the U.S. defense budget.
French President Emanuel Macron, on the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, described NATO as having suffered “brain death.” Macron now openly questions the U.S. commitment to fight for Europe and is talking about a “true European Army” with France’s nuclear deterrent able to “defend Europe alone.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose nation spends 1.4% of GDP on defense and has relied on the U.S. and NATO to keep Russia at bay since the Cold War began, is said to be enraged at the “disruptive politics” of the French president.
Also, early in December, Britain holds national elections. While the Labour Party remains committed to NATO, its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is no Clement Attlee, who took Britain into NATO at its birth in 1949.