The Duck wonders who will replace the European bases.
The truth is NATO has served its purpose and no longer serves any purpose. Europeans need to pay for their own defense. Who the enemy anyway Russia?? China?? Islamic Radicals??? The US should maintain individual treaties with reliable allies when appropriate with countries such as Poland, Italy or the UK. The treaties should be voidable by both sides so if a country were to elect a Livingstone type the USA need not be burdened by bombastic demagoguery.
European social safety nets were created on the backs of the US tax payer. The Europeans can pay for their own defense from whatever imaginary foe they face. The truth is that even within Islam people are starting to complain about pointless bloodshed. The mindless bombings in Iraq enraged the locals who turned on Al Queda. Pointless death with no results serves no purpose other than giving Islam a bad name.