… from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: Shock jock presidential candidate Trump continues to show his allegiance to his media god of “there is no such thing as bad publicity”.
The sin, in his book, is not getting all the free press attention that one can; and he does that by using a constant stream of controversial statements, many of them where I feel he actually has no intention of following through on… but just using as a psy ops on the intended targets, the media, and of course the public.
This statement on NATO will find good reception among those who feel its constant expansion toward the Russian border, and its growing number of tripwires to involve the US in a far away and possibly false-flag triggered war, is a coalition of insecurity.
The military industrial complex and the international criminal networks are the only potential beneficiaries of such insanity, yet neither our military nor civilian security apparatus seem to be able to lay a glove on those clear threats. This indicates that our security has been internally compromised to provide certain domestic interests access to the public cash register whenever they desire.
It makes one wonder if the fix is in, as neither political party ever touches on some of the sacred cows that Trump does. It was Trump’s PR moves like this that sucked up all the oxygen from the overpopulated Republican primary, to the point where the average citizen might have difficulty naming half of them now. They have just blended into the woodwork.
As we go into the race for November, expect to see a lot more zingers from candidate Trump. Whether they help or hurt him remains to be seen, but as in the primaries, we can expect he will continue to suck up the political oxygen from Hillary, also. It is going to be a very colorful battle… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … July 21, 2016 –
US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says under his leadership the Washington may not remain committed to the protection of NATO allies.
Trump said in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday that if he is elected president, the US would only aid the allies who have “fulfilled their obligations to us.”
Asked about Russia’s possible response to NATO’s military buildup in the Baltic region, Trump said America might abandon a guarantee of protection to such countries.
Members of NATO have signed a treaty that says an attack on one member state is an attack on all and that other states should come to aid of any member that comes under attacks.
Last week, Trump said the US has been providing the western military alliance with more support than it should. He also noted that NATO should play an active role in the war against Daesh militants.
A woman holds signs in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. ©AFP
Trump further noted that he would not pressure US allies over crackdown on opposition groups if he elected president, saying that Washington had to “fix our own mess” before “lecturing” other countries.
“I don’t think we have the right to lecture. Look at what is happening in our country. How are we going to lecture when people are shooting policemen in cold blood?” he said.
Asked about the recent failed coup in Turkey, Trump praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying, “I give great credit to him for being able to turn that around.”
“Some people say that it was staged, you know that. I don’t think so,” he added.
This as US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Ankara on Monday not to go too far with its ongoing arrest and ouster of military personnel, police officers and judges for alleged involvement in the coup attempt.
Kerry also said that Turkey may lose its membership in the NATO military alliance if it fails to maintain democratic principles.