The bargain the U.S. has struck for years with our overseas “partners,” whether in Western Europe, the United Nations, or the Middle East, is Hey, you get to abuse us all you want and we’ll spend money to help you and commit arms to defend you.
With President Trump, the free ride is over. Europe has to help pay for its defense. The United Nations can’t just walk all over a genuine ally, Israel, and expect the United States to sit silently or even play along. And now Trump is warning the sheikdoms we actually fought a war to protect in 1990 that they’ll have to start acting like they need us.
We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher and higher oil prices! We will remember. The OPEC monopoly must get prices down now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2018
What an outrage! Demanding that Arab OPEC leaders – whose lavish lifestyles based on nothing but the luck of living above underground lakes of oil – treat us decently. The nerve of Trump.
I’m always amused when I read MSM articles reporting that “Trump has broken years-long precedent” or that “this is not how things historically have been done.” Right! Changing those things is why he was elected. But hope and change are only good when wielded by Obama.
Washington’s elite have always feared that we must not rock the boat, or our “allies” could abandon us. We’ve got to take their abuse, and pay the financial cost, because it’s in our interest to do so, don’t you see?
Well, this is typical short-sighted thinking. The foreign countries need us more than we need them. Let’s at least bargain with them, which is what Trump is doing. He’s not actually going to abandon NATO, for example. He just wants – and has already gotten – a better deal.
In this case, Washington’s elite don’t really care if gas prices are 50 cents higher or lower. They can pay it, no problem.
Trump is fighting to give average Americans a break when they fuel up their cars. These Arab leaders are mostly full of it, and Trump knows it. They’ll give us a better deal. All we needed was a president with the courage to ask.