14 March 2019 — Voltaire Network
The United States intend to consider their allies as protectorates no longer. Consequently, the US is asking them to pay the cost of their protection, failing which, it will withdraw. Such was President Trump’s announcement on 17 January at the Pentagon. It was presented at NATO in February, but was only made public this week. It is a decision which applies to all the allies, from Japan to Germany. The problem is that Washington is also asking its allies to align with US positions… just as they did as protectorates.