On the Insurgent site , Eric Erickson wrote a blistering article, blasting Trump for asking if NATO countries “have paid” if they want American protection from a potential Russian invasion. Erickson brought up an interesting piece of history that I was unaware of.
Erickson asked if Trump supporters knew the only time NATO has ever invoked Article 5 of the 1949 Washington Treaty that established NATO. That’s the article that recognizes an attack on one NATO ally as an attack on all NATO allies requiring defense.
The answer is:
“The only time NATO has ever invoked Article 5 and rushed to the aid of a NATO ally in response to an attack was on September 11, 2001.”
Erickson rips Trump supporters a new asshole:
“Donald Trump wants to turn NATO into a damn shakedown scheme and you people are cheering him on. You should be ashamed of yourselves. You should be ashamed of the fact that your cult leader who claims to have been personally affected by 9/11 does not even know our NATO allies protected his ass that day. You should be ashamed that he wants to turn one of the strongest military alliances in the history of the world into a racket where protection is bought. You should be ashamed that you are not ashamed.”