Larry Pressler: My Message at European Conference Didn’t Make Me Popular

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  • McMurphy St George, Utah
    May 20, 2017 12:49 p.m.

    Russian invasion of eastern European nations in NATO unlikely. Trump refusal to honor US commitments to NATO allies would put the final nails in the coffin of his presidency. Plus other countries, especially Germany, would likely take military action. Russian invasion of non-NATO eastern European countries -- who knows how NATO would react.

  • Not Much of a Fan Irvine, CA
    May 20, 2017 8:34 a.m.


    Despite the nonsense many progressives believe, Nazi Germany was NOT socialist or Communist.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    May 19, 2017 3:48 p.m.

    If the Russians pose a threat to eastern (or even western) Europe, then Europe needs to increase their defense spending. If Russia doesn't pose a threat, there is little reason for the US taxpayers to subsidize Europe's defense.

    Those 1st world nations with socialized medicine are having their national defense paid for by the US taxpayers, and their medical systems are still bankrupting them.

    Trump is bellicose and offensive in many regards. But he is mostly correct about the need for our "allies" to step up and pay their own way.

  • dillydarlin San Rafael, CA
    May 19, 2017 1:41 p.m.

    We pay what we do for defense in Europe not for the Europeans but for OUR OWN defense.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    May 19, 2017 8:32 a.m.

    Kind of sad because no one is taking Trump seriously.

    All countries know that he is a short term President.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    May 19, 2017 8:20 a.m.

    Europe is undergoing a serious Muslim invasion. This would not be a problem if it were not for their desire to have Sharia law. Russia is not going to invade Europe. It has worries more important in Islam to the south and China to the east. IF we had Hillary as president what would we have accomplished so far? I can't see the benefit of being lead by the Marxist leaning, socialist, communists of the Democrat Party. As for the debt how are we going to do something about it with a weak economy? The tax cut promises the possibility of a 5% or more growth rate producing several additional trillion in growth. That can be used to reduce the debt. We also see Mr. Trump deleting red tape very important to growth. A lot needs to be done still. It wouldn't get done under Hillary.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    May 19, 2017 7:49 a.m.

    I don't think America should definitely the police of the world or be involved in NATO. I think we should be isolationist, take care of our own country, don't play the bankers game, and get rid of the Federal Reserve.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2017 7:35 a.m.

    "I also said I doubted very much that Russia had any intention of invading anybody as they have too many problems at home."

    But an invasion can solve a lot of domestic political problems.

    Russia would like to have the Baltic states and Ukraine back, believing they are within their proper "sphere of influence."

    Many conservatives think Russia ceased to be dangerous when it turned against Communism. We are finding out this is simply not so. They are dangerous to the U.S. on every front.

    Hitler was the once the most dangerous man on the Continent. Despite the nonsense many conservatives believe, Nazi Germany was NOT socialist or Communist.

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    May 18, 2017 10:44 p.m.

    Sounds like you gave a wonderful speech, Larry Pressler. I do, though, like some of your other readers, wonder how it is that Russia should not attack other countries. But, I am not abreast of what is going on internally in there, and realize you are. Bless you for writing this, a nice little column.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 18, 2017 6:23 p.m.

    "I also said I doubted very much that Russia had any intention of invading anybody as they have too many problems at home.""

    It's sad seeing this respected centrist former senator now employed as a Trump emissary.

    The Baltic countries are very worried about Russian invasion. Comments like that only embolden Putin. It's a very unfortunate time to be under-estimating Russian capabilities. Baltic countries worry Putin will stage a military build-up near their border and Trump will say and do nothing.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    May 18, 2017 5:48 p.m.

    Europe appears to be stabilized with Macron's victory in France, but Europeans need to accept the lesson of Trump's victory that depending on an external nation for your own defense is a risky proposition.

    The Europeans should turn their nervousness about Trump into action, and invest in their own defense capability, instead of sitting around and hoping for "Trexit" (the trendy term in Europe for Trump being removed from office).