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Trump wants to leave NATO? It's not really a bad idea.

Jan 17, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

In our personal lives, we know that many important ties are not necessarily permanent. Friendships end; marriages break up; once-loyal consumers stop shopping at one store in favor of a different one. If a relationship no longer serves the needs of one or more parties, it usually makes sense to move on.

That logic holds for partnerships among nations. The 19th-century British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston said, "Nations have no permanent friends or allies; they only have permanent interes...