How America could lose its allies | 2020 Election

20 okt 2020
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What is NATO? And why is it still around?
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For 150 years, the US avoided formal alliances. It occasionally went to war -- fighting the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War, and World War I -- but did so without entangling itself in promises to other countries. Then, after World War II, it abruptly changed course, and began to build a network of alliances unlike anything that had come before.
Over the next few decades, the US used those alliances to keep countries around the world close, and to fight Soviet expansion, by making a promise that it would go to war if any of its allies were ever attacked. After the Soviet Union fell, the initial purpose of those alliances was gone, but the US recommitted to them, signaling again and again that the central promise of those relationships was still in effect. It kept doing so for the next 25 years.
Then the US elected a leader who took America’s global relationships in a new direction. President Trump was skeptical that America’s network of alliances was still beneficial to the US. He began to distance the US from those alliances, raising doubts about whether America would actually follow through on the promise at the core of them if provoked. Some allies moved closer to Russia or China, both of whom had attempted to undermine America’s alliances.
Today, the future of those alliances is on the ballot in the US. One of the major presidential candidates in the 2020 election wants to return the US to its former status with its allies; the other finds its decades-old alliances costly and cumbersome. The world is waiting to see which vision Americans prefer.
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  • Correction: At 2:26, our map of the Soviet Union includes Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was never part of the USSR. This is the sixth episode of our 2020 US election series. You can watch all the other episodes now: 1) Climate change: 2) Voting rights: 3) Reproductive health: 4) Public schools: 5) Police reform: 6) America’s role in the world: 7) Transportation: 8) LGBTQ rights: 9) The eviction crisis: Thanks to everyone who responded to the callout and took the time to help make our reporting and our videos stronger.

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    • "The United States of America is a lucky country. Surrounded by oceans and weak neighbours." - Otto von Bismarck

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    • Nato, what is the difference between nato and the quad?

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    • Not to nitpick but your map also included Albania. Albania was in a similar situation as Yugoslavia but instead of going it alone they drifted towards China

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    • We had many allies before WWII.... Almost every point you make in this is false after 2 minutes of research.

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  • Rip alaska

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  • world war 1? lololol

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  • China: Hey Russia Russia: What? China: Check it out *Pokes the U.S* Russia: *Pfft* Let me try!

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  • I’m a Republican,but I do want to say that: while I think asking for 2% of gdp spent on military is fair,I also think we shouldn’t end alliances with really good countries just because they struggle to reach 2%.

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  • Trump finally learnt politics is not business

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  • I hope america does lose its allies

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    • why?

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  • So many people think America is the most evil country on earth. if they are then ask yourself this- when they invented the nuke and no one else had it, why didnt they conquer the entire planet? thats the biggest act of self restraint in all of world history.

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  • Where is Vault-tec? I wanna buy a bunker! Also, they failed to mention Israel...

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  • I can't stop laughing at the fact that this is video is sponsored by a vodka company

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  • America needs to understand its own stance then find alliance not build alliances and wait for things to change to influence that alliance.

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  • you forgot to mention the us alliance with Saudi Arabia and how they've been funding bombings on innocent people

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  • The thing is America has gone weak but don't wanna admit.

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  • Oh yea Biden wants to weaken our nation and shorten our military Trump brought American jobs and money back to America but China loves Biden so they released covid into the waters to crash trumps economy he built so nobody would vote for him

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  • operation breaking usa begins

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  • Nobody won the Cold War. Each side just backed down. The only war that the US has won was its own

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  • We dont need to be the worlds cop

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  • America is back boys, Ridin' with Biden!😂🍾🎂🎉🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  • Who is here after Trump allowed the Biden transition to start, after 2 weeks of crying and screaming and being a sore loser😂😂

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  • As a Korean, this was one of the biggest concerns regarding the november election.

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  • America: ok we will help defend our allies Rest of the world: America is terrible, why do they police the world? Trump: okay it's time to start defending yourselves then World: surprised Pikachu face

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  • Africa finding out there’s a big groupchat they’re not in: 👁👄👁

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  • Still the most funny thing in history for me is France funding us and going completely broke

  • Trump was An Imposter 0 imposter remains victory : every other president

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    • Edit: victory: every living human, even Trump himself*

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  • Ironic that the vietnam war didn't get a single mention

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  • Wait a second...this video is sponsored by Absolut? Like the vodka company Absolut? What that you guys in mind would happen on election day? o.O

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  • America (Trump): Hey Japan, you should spend more on your Military: Japan: *Visible Confusion* Constitution doesn’t allow for a Military and only a small defence force is allowed. America (Trump): Yeah but we’re losing money defending you. Japan: 👁👄👁 You literally forced us to write that in our constitution after WWII saying that American will protect Japan instead 😂

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  • 0:08 trump is facing left but he is a republican

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  • Really confusing how you didn’t add Saudi Arabia since it’s their biggest ally and most important

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  • Why should only America spend for other's protection ? Is it a charity?

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  • Hey, the election is over. We lost...

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  • If I had watched this before knowing who won I would have been really scared of a world war 3, thank goodness

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  • “ used allies to prevent wars??” Sure.

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  • America's military force is powerful enough to counter Russia, China and North korea all at once. The citizens of Texas could probably stop an invasion from China before it ever hit San antonio. Lol

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  • Yes i feel chinese pressure in the philippines

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  • Guess Vox doesn't want to include Taiwan in the circle huh

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    • Isn't Taiwan part of China?

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  • Mistake at 5:38, it did not bomb only Serbian forces, over 80% of bombes were droped on hospitals, buildings, factories, bridges, mines, schools...

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  • I was so high I thought the title said 'How America could lose its aliens'

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  • Why my president left U.S.A😑

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  • 0:19 oh no... i cant believe António Costa is not looking either... It doesnt mean anything for Portugal. No one here likes trump

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  • 8:08 Philippines 👁👄👁

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  • As a mexican, i love how the US managed to battle all these countries and in the end, is the world power. And im glad i got a opportunity to move out to the US.

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  • This was something Islam did for 1200/1300 years, we created allies through faith and we dominated the majority of Asia, Africa, and some parts of Europe. And why Islam was successful in being the dominating force? Because we gave full protection to other believes too! Such as Christian, Jews, Hindu, and if any other faith existed. Even though these days we have Muslim majority countries such as in Africa and Asia, we have no unity sadly. If we can bring this unity again then we can have the power and power of Islam means the power of people and no other faith will ever go against Islamic policy if they are getting human rights doesn't matter what their religion is.

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  • This video is fear mongering.

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    • This comment is a brain washed trump supporter. Back in 2015: "a pandemic won't happen your fear mongering"

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  • Make a video on why America doesn't need allies when we can nuke anything

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  • Lol we Americans don’t need allies. We are the greatest nation in the world.

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    • Yeah sure, America needs allies, the US is the most powerful, that just means the US has two more nukes than Russia, but in the rest the US is far from it

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  • We’re back it nato boys

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  • RCEP is coming guyss

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  • How America could lose its allies? well, its simple Trump

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  • The United States Government and the Deep State are TORTURING INNOCENT American Citizens and their PETS with MICROWAVE Weapons! Major Human Rights Violations happening on U.S. Soil.

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  • I'm glad trump put his foot down.

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  • 4:05 "except for you kurds" - Trump (Probably)

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  • Is it me or NATO began starting wars rather than preventing them? lol

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  • This is the best explanation techinique ever

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  • What's the name of lady?

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  • Who is the brave lady Can i see whole interviews of her

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  • I like Joe Biden beacuse he wants to bring back the alliance. And make other countries like the Philipines safe

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  • Trump got into presidency was a meme honestly. Like, all those decades of the previous US presidents holding up the American's standard and keeping a strong and great image of America, all got bamboozled by Trump.

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  • They should add india on that alliance to counter china huge population

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    • On alliance with US there comes a huge list of do's and don't s from the US and we don't need alliance of US we are self sufficient

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  • Russia and China are probably gonna rule them now they are way smarter

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    • Russia's population and economy is collapsing

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    • They aren't tho

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  • here it is why ww3 will exist next year

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  • Amerexit!!

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  • Its sad that our partnership is in question smh

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  • So what about the NSA global surveillance disclosures and the scandal when the USA spied on Germany?

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  • United States remind me to drug lords. USA is the devil.

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  • So Trump was not that Bad.

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  • If American allies were to turn against America, would America really be able to defend itself?

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    • There is even a video about if the world went against the usa

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    • Yes

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  • There was an idea, to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more but they don't pay us back

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  • Vox: post WW2 is where us relationship with other nations first took place President Wilson: Am I a joke to you?

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  • Biden will be the one who ruins the great English speaking Alliance not Trump. Without allies, she's going to be vulnerable.

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  • so basically america was smart with allies until people started not caring

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  • after election of chinise agent i think its end of american's superpower

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    • Pinagsasabi mo?

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    • Pinoys her america enslaved her allied forces like philippines he predict that marcos was dictator but ferdinand was Intellect patriotic man who lives in Philippines.

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  • Good thing trump is gone in the white house now cause he is just a big joke. Here in the Philippines are president is choosing china over America now which is totally Discussting!

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  • And this is why President Trump is the balliest greatest President that US of A has ever had.

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  • Problem is clear. Rulers from Europe spend their money on economy rather than army. They feel that USA is protecting them and can focus on economy,. They can grow and grow much bigger with time than USA. Donald Trump mad good move, made them scary that they may be left alone without any army against invading Russia. This move could work and make them spend more money on army but with Biden now whole plans just ended.

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  • Ok Karen

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  • Let’s hope they do, hopefully America finally loses its influence and a new age will come.

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  • This guy Donald Trump has the brain sell count of a phone charger.

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  • Given our history together, I'd hope going forward we do everything we can to keep a strong alliance with Japan and Germany...

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  • america protects allies while allies buy made in china products. if you think you are smarter than trump then think again.

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  • Everyone's a gangsta until US and India 🇮🇳🇺🇸 comes together to form the most Powerful Alliance against China... It's my dream to see working with the Indians more closely.. 🤘🤘

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  • stephen walt be smilin'

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  • japan siding with china is like south korea siding with north korea.

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  • After they salvage Africa they leave them out

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  • 10:34 why does Biden look angry in this picture lol

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  • We already lost most of our allies thanks to Trump, and we are looking at a more derailing economy soon.. Too bad

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    • Some people hate Trump simply because he points out that many leaders have no clothes on.

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    • america protects allies from china, and allies buy made in china. if you think you are smarter than trump, think again

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    • allies are just free riding your military paid by your taxpayers. all the time while allies behave like your democrats who despise capitalism and like socialist policies like russia and china had during the cold war. america is truly in a disadvantage in this case, you should thank trump

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    • My first experience with Mr Gregory gave me the assurance that has made me invest without the fear of loosing

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  • Should we Bring Latin America into NATO? No it’s better to induce militar dictatorships on all these countries to avoid communism!!!

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    • @Paix égalité et fraternité as if, stay mad

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    • @Gorth Sleeperofwomen lol says the country with extreme division and looks looks like it's of a civil war or a revolution

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    • @Paix égalité et fraternité lol, stay mad, your nations inferiority is showing

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    • lol have you ever wondered why 1/4 of the world are 3rd world countries? USA can't do anything but illegally steal resources

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    • Yes, Pinochet did nothing wrong

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  • Mmmm me watching this while eating nachos

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  • 2 continents could lose all their allies??

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  • Um... Grand multi-national alliances were nothing new by the 40s. The entente and central powers of WW1 were both massive collective defense treaties and those treaties were a massive part of the spark that would become the wildfire known as WW1. But I guess since the US didn't get involved with that until 1918 (The same year the war ended) they wouldn't know much about that, because apparently, the United States has never heard of a history book... Or the Internet...

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  • We already lost most of our allies thanks to Trump.

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  • as much as i hate the cheeto and everything he represents, i can see a point in him being pressed like a panini 9:42

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  • *This video happened because of a photo of country leaders looking different ways...*

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    • that was just a framing device

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  • i think we need to attack china because if we dont i think they will be attack usa and all of allies to the future world war3 i think only

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  • We had no problem about that we can change our government system into dictatorship America don't realized they are number 1 target hahaha hope the ocean will protect u haha China has nuclear they had man power an huge industrial Russia also had they control south east Asia and mid Asia they are building nuclear submarine and China aiming to double that numbers in 10 years they are building also huge aircraft carrier strenghten there capibility of strike and bombing someday u are all alone to face that trouble hahaha

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  • The pace at which China is spreading and strengthening its global influence is quite shocking. It may very well overtake the US

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  • its back.

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