Washington Post coverage of the NATO secretary general’s invitation to give a joint address to Congress frames President Donald Trump’s approach to NATO as aggressive and nationalistic rather than with a more balanced tone about Trump’s efforts to preserve the institution and have NATO allies stand up for themselves and fulfill their own obligations.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invited NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to give an address a joint session of Congress next month as a way to honor NATO’s 70th anniversary.
The Post reported that Trump has “groused,” about NATO’s failed approach to shouldering its own burdens. Google’s dictionary describes groused as to “complain pettily,” even though past American presidents had said the same thing about NATO countries’ failing to pay their fair share of defense spending.
The Post claims that “President Trump’s nationalistic foreign policy has rattled U.S. allies and NATO members.”
Through its imbalanced coverage of Trump’s approach to NATO, the Washington Post is normalizing the freeloading of Europeans off the backs of American taxpayers.
Pew Research found that “people in many NATO countries believe the U.S. would come to the aid of a fellow alliance member if that ally were involved in a serious military conflict with Russia. When asked the same about their own country’s defense of an ally, however, people in these countries were generally less supportive of military intervention.
National security expert Marcel Dirsus pointed out the flaw in this approach.
“This is a big problem: A lot of Europeans expect the US to use military force to defend NATO allies against Russia but they themselves don’t want to use their own militaries to do so,” he tweeted.