The EU and NATO's desperately wrong attempts to pull Ukraine from Russia's orbit into Europe have done nothing but cause death, misery, poverty and tension. Catherine Ashton, possibly the most incompetent unelected official ever appointed by the EU, sneaked off after her signal and manifold failures, to hide in well-deserved obscurity. Rasmussen, the idiot running NATO at the time, is still making pathetic attempts to draw Trump's US into a face-off with Putin's Russia.
Well, if Rasmussen and other half-witted lunatics like him had the collective intelligence of an artichoke they would realise what was bound to happen. A bankrupt EU is now committed to pouring funds into a failed and corrupt state run by a corrupt mafia of violent thugs. And in the past few weeks, Putin has determined to steal Turkey from under NATO's nose in an exquisite revenge for Ukraine. Relations between Russia and Turkey have never been warmer; Turkey has even placed significant arms and military equipment orders with Russia. At the same time, Turkey's coming land grabs in Iraq of the Sunni areas in the North, undoubtedly with Russian approval, may well aggravate relations with NATO to the point at which Turkey's membership is suspended.
Trump is perfectly correct about the EU's free riders taking the piss out of the US. Germany, Spain and Italy need to double their defence spend to reach the 2% benchmark (even though the UK's was cooked by crooked Osborne to reach the target by including pension costs). Currently the US bears some 74% of NATO's indirect costs. However, Federast hubris may well block change. The EU wants its own army, and any additional EU defence spend is likely to be directed at building central EU command structures and integrated forces not under NATO command. This is exactly the right way for the Berleymont artichokes to prompt Trump to wind down NATO.
We should start work now to anticipate the EU's stupidity. A new Atlantic alliance between the UK and US will allow our joint forward troops to be pulled well back, beyond the point where they can be misused by the likes of Rasmussen to poke the bear. The trip line can be moved West, from the Vistula to the Oder, though Poland is unlikely to be happy. And we'll leave the EU army to it.