perhaps when he said that the US was NATO he meant that the US is the biggest most powerful country in NATO, meaning that we pretty much run the show. Which I agree with to an extent.
i don't know if getting booted out of NATO is such a bad thing. obviously we really don't need the support of those countries. and even if we do, we can always strong-arm them when we need them. i know that sounds shitty, and it is. but it's true.