American Diplomacy Links May 18, 2016.

Author:Clack, George

"Trump vs. Hillary Is Nationalism vs. Globalism, 2016"

Globalists long ago captured the bulk of the nation's elite institutions--the media, academia, big corporations, big finance, Hollywood, think tanks, NGOs, charitable foundations. So powerful are these institutions that the elites running them assumed that their political victories were complete and final. Yet the rise of Donald Trump has been fueled by his anti-globalist, pro-nationalist agenda on issue after issue. That is this election's real political fault line.

By Robert W. Merry, the National Interest. Merry is political editor of the National Interest. His most recent book is Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians.

"The Art of the Military Deal"

Donald Trump has a point about America dramatically outspending its allies on its armed forces. On balance, however, Trump's explanation of the economics of America's security alliances misses several core realities. First and foremost, the broad coalition of U.S.-led Western alliances accounts for some two-thirds of world GDP and two-thirds of global military spending. This situation is exceedingly advantageous to America.

By Michael E. O'Hanlon, the National Interest and Brookings Blogs. O'Hanlon is a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, and American national security policy.

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"What Trump Gets Right About NATO"

Because the Cold War dictated tight solidarity among all alliance members, the original NATO truly was an alliance as traditionally understood. But now, post-1989, in the absence of any existential threat, regional crises impact NATO member states in very different ways, and they are freer to pursue their own interests. The United States needs to accept that it does not have to lead everywhere in the world, certainly not in Europe where its closest and richest allies dwell, and Europeans need to stop believing that the transatlantic defense and security equation cannot work without U.S. leadership. It is...

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