Clause IV of the NATO treaty stipulates that if one member country is attacked, the others are required to act militarily in aid of the attacked member.
This clause was only invoked once – immediately after 9-11. Other member nations all supported the United States, protecting the country’s air space and coastline, following up with military support in Afghanistan, the country that had given Al-Qaeda a home base.
With this in mind, it’s difficult to understand Donald Trump’s call to end NATO, as he says its now outdated and other nations are not doing enough.
It’s true that most of the other member countries are not spending enough. Everybody agreed to spend 2% of their GNP on defense, but some fall short.
This is a separate issue, which should be remedied.
But to question the existence of NATO risks the collapse of the 67-year-old alliance, which has done a great deal to maintain peace.
It has also enabled the US president to be “the leader of the free world.”
He won’t be if NATO ceases to exist.
Having said that, no alliance will last forever.
The Bible shows that an alliance of ten nations will be the dominant superpower just before Christ’s return. This union will be a revival of the Roman Empire. It will not include the United States.
Perhaps Trump’s call is leading up to a rift between Europe and America. Certainly, the Europeans are not happy about the prospect of a President Trump.