Republicans have been rebuked by Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton who defended Nato in a speech after the Brussels attack.
Her comments were in contrast of those made by Donald Trump from the Republican side whose suggestion is that US commitments to Nato should be scaled back.
Mrs. Clinton’s suggestion is that US consultation with the Arab partners ought to be deep.
“Our European allies stood with us on 9/11. It’s time to return the favor.”
She made the remarks at Stanford University from where she said that America should not turn its back on its allies and that it is not good to insult them even as we aim at fighting terrorism.
“I am proud to have been part of an administration that outlawed torture,” the former secretary of state said.
She added that the Brussels attacks that have led to the death of at least 30 people is a reminder that much needs to be done so as to fight the so-called Islamic State.
Europe and the US have to be keen in the matter and spot the soft targets that IS likely to attack.
Mrs. Clinton also said that the fight against online radicalization can be won by having a national commission on encryption.
The suggestion from Texas Senator Ted Cruz is that the Muslim neighborhoods should be patrolled to counter terrorism and there should also be a “carpet bombing” in Syria.
Mrs. Clinton said that his suggestion is dangerous and at the same time counterproductive and it would imply that the American Muslims are being treated as though they are criminals.
Mr. Trump holds that killing the families of the terrorists are not a bad thing and that no Muslim should be allowed into the American borders.
“If Mr. Trump gets his way, it will be like Christmas in the Kremlin,” she said in reference to Trump’s views on foreign policy.