Relations with Europe have greatly influenced the United States since its inception. Americans have fought with and against Europeans, and following the end of WWII the U.S. government bound the nation to the countries of western Europe to deter Soviet aggression. But 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it is time for the United States to reevaluate the level and nature of its support to European nations, especially as it relates to their collective defense. The nations in Europe are among the wealthiest in the world and should be responsible for their own security. The United States should maintain good relations with Europe, promoting trade and stability. But, as the Founders advised, America should avoid becoming entangled in European affairs.

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