Letter to the editor: Our ‘tough’ leader

To the editor:

The current “president” will be meeting with the other leaders of NATO this week. Then he’ll be meeting with Vladimir Putin.

He’s prepared the ground by tweeting his anger at NATO leaders for not paying their share and forcing the U.S. to pay (he claims) 90 percent of the bill for Europe’s protection.

He’s prepared for the Putin meeting by … well, we all know his long-standing servile admiration for the Russian dictator.

Problem is, NATO exists to unite North American and European democracies against the anti-democratic Eastern bloc, led by Russia during the Cold War and now.

But this current “president” doesn’t believe Russia is a threat. You have to wonder, then, who he thinks our European (former) friends should be united against, and pay to be protected from.

Maybe the current “president” can convince NATO members, as he claimed when he imposed tariffs, that Canada is a “security threat.”

It’s doubtful NATO members will be persuaded another NATO member is the enemy. But the current “president” really only needs to convince his delusional domestic “base.”

Precedent shows that should be easy. When Ronald Reagan unleashed the U.S. military on Grenada — a British Commonwealth nation the size of Douglas County — his “base” cheered that he’d restored America’s pride: that Reagan had showed the world that America was tough, at least against smaller friendly countries.

And isn’t nationalistic pride, and a reputation for being tough, exactly what this current “president” and his “base,” think would truly “Make America Great Again”?

Steve Hicks,

Lawrence

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