This is Trump looking at the situation should the Iraqis decide they do want the US troops out. At this moment in time the US has no intention of doing a runner unless told to leave by Iraq. I don't quite know where you got the "with the US coming back unannounced and at random to bomb the place regardless of anyone's plans" because that is BS.Long story short, the US is currently drafting proposals for their plans on how the US is going to pull troops out of the Middle East but have them replaced by troops from the rest of NATO. Trump wants something he calls NATOME - "NATO in the Middle East". This apparently involves the US pulling out and leaving the rest of NATO holding the bag with the US coming back unannounced and at random to bomb the place regardless of anyone's plans.
What was said in Washington was that should US troops be expelled from Iraq, the US would continue to provide Naval and Air support for it's NATO partners when needed. Sorry if that doesn't fit in with how you see it and what was actually said.
What policy is that? One of appeasement? What a joke that is, the only policy European politicians have is deciding how hard their hand wringing should be and they can't even collectively agree on that.Meanwhile the US has been doing everything possible to sabotage European policy in the region while apparently being puzzled that those same Europeans aren't enthused about what the US is doing.
As this moment in time the US has around 5000 military personnel in Iraq, the rest of NATO between them has around 500 but they withdrew some of those last week and now have fewer than 500. So who's bugging out on who?Canada has a few issues with that. One is that any assistance to the US will depend on the US sticking around and not bugging out on everyone else.
If Canada wants to state a position then either leaking it or announcing officially will result in the same thing, the media will get a hold of it and run with it. Other than that Canada is right to wait and see what the outcome of meeting in Washington brings.So Canada is waiting for what comes out of a NATO meeting in Washington before staking out a position. This by the way is why unofficial official leaks are being made, it allows Canada to state an initial position while not being committed to it before we know what is going to get proposed at the meeting.
Cleaning up Trumps messes you say! Dude from where I'm sitting NATO has had neither the will nor the troops in place to clean up anything more than a toilet floor.It's not likely there will be any consensus on this, as there's not a lot of enthusiasm for "cleaning up Trump's messes".
IMHO NATO is way past it's sell past date. The sensible thing to do is disband it and let the Europeans be responsible for their own defence collectively, it would be interesting to see how that works out for them both in terms of security and financially.
That way it won't have the hypocritical two faced twats being dragged into anymore US wars and they can all sit around singing kumbaya. A lot of people seem to forget that the Middle East has been a PITA long before the US got involved in it, both the UK and France aren't exactly innocent parties in that department.