Comments like "NATO is obsolete" create confusion and anxiety in our own country and with our allies. Trump thinks he can just start off with a preposterous position and then negotiate a better deal. I think he's going to find out that negotiating with nations is not the same as negotiating in real estate deals. Nations have armies, and some of them have nukes, and tremors in the status quo can lead to war and death. This is not about negotiating the price of a construction project or the interest rate on a loan. I think he's out of his league, but we'll see. He's shaking things to the foundation with his statements. I'm not sure he gets what is at stake. I think he's completely misjudged Putin, and that Putin is looking for an opportunity to cut him (and us) off at the knees. But again, we'll see.