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Trump Picks Fights with US Allies: Germany, NATO, EU, Britain etc


Trump Picks Fights with US Allies: Germany, NATO, EU, Britain etc.

Juan Cole

After Trump falsely accused President Obama of having him wiretapped at Trump Tower during the campaign, Sean Spicer upped the ante by charging that Obama could have used the British GCHQ electronic surveillance agency to carry out the monitoring. GCHQ does in fact outrageously invade people’s privacy online, but there is no reason to think it targeted Trump or that President Obama could have ordered them around.


The USA berates all other countries because they're not belligerent enough and they spend too much money taking care of their citizens. Typical.

This didn't start with Trump, eh.


It's time (actually, very much past time) that the European countries end NATO, close the US military bases on their soil, and sign a peace treaty with Russia. It will help everyone around (except the MIC, but no tears need be shed for them).



Cole seems to have gone off the rails with this one. As a prior commentator said, there are so many false statements in this piece, it's hard to know where to begin. But here's a good one:

"The UN is in the midst of a major, and so far amazingly successful, bid to reduce absolute poverty in the world."

I really do wonder if professor Cole lives on the same planet as I do.

As for his closing statement, he also doesn't realize that the fewer allies the US has, the safer the world will be.