Our participation in NATO is essential to the safety of our country, and to that of the world as a whole. Personally speaking, I would like to see NATO form a task force led by our country to end the use of war as a tactic for generating income! I believe our country has actually become the chief contributor to this, and needs to lead the way out of this destructive and ineffective means of addressing global challenges! The use of weapons against other countries should be a last resort and require actual aggression by a country toward a NATO member! As long as the US continues to make aggression with weapons of destruction it’s go-to solution for the internal conflicts of non-NATO countries, we can not be effective in changing the dynamics that resulted in the Cold War. Defensive engagement for the protection of NATO members should dominate. Only when aggression by non-NATO countries threatens a NATO member should our soldiers be committed to a battlefield. They should be appropriately funded and readiness should be an ongoing priority, but diplomacy must be fully exhausted before aggression is employed. The President should consider the views of Congress and the Senate (Advise and Consent) in any such decisions.