I'm trying not to make the same comments everyone else is making about Trump, but here is an issue that has not received much attention: Trump's threats to abrogate the NATO treaty, if other NATO members don't cough up unspecified amounts of money. Here's a report from a little while ago, from the Atlantic:
"Donald Trump’s apparent rejection of the cornerstone of global security after World War II has stunned U.S. partners in the alliance...America’s NATO allies may be on their own after November if Russia attacks them.
At issue is NATO’s Article 5 on collective defense, which states that an “armed attack against one or more of them [members] in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all...”
Well, the interpretation of this position of Trump's has mostly involved the implicit extortion of money from NATO allies by threatening not to aid them if they are attacked, but it has occurred to me that the actual truth might be the exact opposite.
What if Trump's real intention, as the ultimate gift to his master, Vladimir Putin, was to end the commitment of all the other NATO allies to come to our own country's defenses in the case of an attack? And don't even pretend that this would not be totally in line with Trump's sabotage of our intelligence capacity, his removing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the National Security Council, leaving it without military input, his apparent attempt to end sanctions against Russia, and everything else he has done to further the power of Vladimir Putin.
This would be a betrayal of our country beyond even the imaginations of his fiercest opponents, isolating us from our allies and leaving us to stand up to any Russian behavior alone. Well, think about it, because I believe it is all too likely that this is not a conspiracy theory, but true.