Video of the Trump NATO Shove.
ANALYSIS by Sundar J.M. Brown
It is good, and vitally important, to see a leader with the wherewithal, moxie and manliness to claim his rightful spot at the front and center of the photo. This is what true leadership looks like.
POTUS is a symbol of the U.S., one of only 5 of NATO’s 28 member nations to consistently meet the 2% of GDP spending target which supports NATO’s forces. The most recent figures demonstrate the U.S. as having spent 3.61% of its GDP in support of the NATO coalition. Here is an internal NATO graph, evidencing the same.
As always– at least overtly since the Monroe doctrine— the U.S. foots the majority of the bill in service to the rest of the world while pseudo-intellectuals cry “unfair privilege”. Those very same accusatory people/nations are first in line when demanding U.S. humanitarian and defense aid. They are also first to levy criticisms of capitalistic greed against the U.S. when it is suggested they should take a larger role in caring for themselves.
This is a wonderful example of POTUS, as both a symbol and a man who embodies the history, and ongoing support that the U.S. ceaselessly offers to keep the world afloat, claiming his, and the U.S.’s rightful placement.
Was President Trump’s physical action a rather coarse, déclassé, and even rude movement? Perhaps. But politics is a coarse, déclassé, and rude business. If, while reading this, you are imagining that any other politician in the world is any less coarse, déclassé, and rude in their political dealings, you are deluding yourself. They are, at best, more gifted at hiding it. That “hiding” may best typify both historical and modern diplomacy.
President Trump’s movement, rather than hiding behind the artificial niceties of the political spectrum which general populations are anesthetized into believing, epitomizes the true politics of power. This is what true leadership looks like.