Does he have any idea where he is going with all this?
As one Trump convert has stated, every utterance out of Trump's mouth is the opening gambit in a negotiation. Whether it is factual or not is beside the point. Unfortunately for Trump, when his utterances/tweets aren't factual, it makes him look stupid. On the other hand, if someone knowingly takes a counter factual approach it indicates that (s)he is being intentionally obstinate and argumentative IOW "damn the torpedos, full speed ahead". The problem with Trump is we don't believe that he is being knowingly counter factual. I believe, like I suspect most people believe, that he doesn't know what the hell he is talking about. However, he may still stumble upon a good outcome simply by being in the game. By keeping things in a state of flux, the opposition may make an unforced error. Then again, it could start a war.
We should not leave NATO but European nations do need to put more skin in the game instead of depending on the US so much.
I agree. The US has been "paying the cost to be the boss" for to long. Europe has been able to improve the lives of its citizens and its infrastructure while the lives of US citizens and infrastructure has gone lacking. Furthermore, the US has large debts. Let Europe and especially Israel pick up more of the tab for their own defense.
I get it. Part of the strategy for the US "paying the cost to be the boss" is that it buys the US a seat at the table and it keeps any NATO country from breaking out to become a superpower or becoming a threat to each other. Let's not forget that Europe was the site of the start of two world wars and it was important to change their focus from fighting each other to letting the US do their fighting. It worked.
Obama has deployed a disengagement strategy in the ME i.e. the "US is not paying the costs to be the boss". To often, in the ME, that cost has been US lives and treasure. Quite frankly, I am very pleased with Obama's strategy in the ME. Let them work it out amongst themselves. Our primary role there should be to provide aid and comfort to our friends and to keep the conflict from spreading.
One of the consequences of a no longer "paying the costs to be the boss" strategy is that our dependents begin to show their independence. We might not get an automatic invite to sit in on every negotiation. This is healthy and to be expected. We should be proud of what we've been able to accomplish. Our European "children" have grown up.