President Trump has rightly called into question America’s commitment to sacrificing its soldiers to defend NATO’s latest member, Montenegro, argues Rod Dreher of The American Conservative. While the foreign policy establishment clearly wants to uphold this alliance, it would not be their children that are sent to fight. America should work to stay out of foreign conflicts after its incredibly costly involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, two US soldiers were recently killed in the latter of the two countries. Montenegro being part of NATO needlessly angers Russia and risks America being drawn into yet another costly foreign conflict.
It is in America’s interest to come to the aid of other NATO countries, even if they are as small as Montenegro, suggests David French of National Review. President Trump wrongly insinuated that Montenegrin aggression would draw the US into World War III. NATO is a defensive treaty that is only activated when one of its members is attacked. It has been essential in stopping WWIII, by preventing national powers from going head-to-head. The notion that NATO could drag America into another costly war is wrong. The stronger and more unified NATO is, the more it deters countries like Russia from challenging it, maintaining global peace.