The North Atlantic Treaty Alliance is the bedrock of American and European security that has kept the peace on the continent for decades. It is the alliance that was born out of America’s victories against the Axis powers in World War II. It is the alliance that America’s greatest generation built.
NATO is now facing its worst crises since the Cold War with ISIS and Ukraine, and our Dear Leader just doesn’t care. I believe it is because he sees European nations as colonial powers who enslaved his ancestors. No matter the fact that the first two world wars killed millions all around the globe.
Obama could give two cents; it’s not important to him.
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So when the new head of NATO comes to Washington, he blows him off. This is the President of the United States, the leader of the free world. At least he used to be anyway—no longer.
President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days. Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything from the White House, two sources close to the NATO chief told me.
The leaders of almost all the other 28 NATO member countries have made time for Stoltenberg since he took over the world’s largest military alliance in October. Stoltenberg, twice the prime minister of Norway, met Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa to discuss the threat of the Islamic State and the crisis in Ukraine, two issues near the top of Obama’s agenda.
Kurt Volker, who served as the U.S. permanent representative to NATO under both President George W. Bush and Obama, said the president broke a long tradition. “The Bush administration held a firm line that if the NATO secretary general came to town, he would be seen by the president … so as not to diminish his stature or authority,” he told me.
“It is hard for me to believe that the president of the United States has not found the time to meet with the current secretary general of NATO given the magnitude of what this implies, and the responsibilities of his office,” Volker said.
I’m not shocked by anything this impostor does anymore.
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