- Jul 11, 2018 at 9:42 pm #3546442
America wants NATO countries to devote 2% of their GDP to military spending.
NATO drags its feet (for the most part) since 2014.
Trump now wants NATO countries to double their spending to a whopping 4%.
NATO leaders today reaffirm their “unwavering commitment” to the 2 percent pledge set in 2014.
So there. Trump gets NATO’s unwavering commitment again. Of course, all eyes will be on actions, rather than words.Jul 12, 2018 at 12:29 am #3546473
Tom KBPL Member
“NATO drags its feet (for the most part) since 2014.”
I suspect this is testimony to the real European perception, Western European that is, of the Russian threat. They and the Russians share a bitter experience of the horrors, tragedy, and futility of war, and I suspect that, left to their own, would prefer to trade and exchange culturally in peace. Had we not embarked on our disastrous project of extending NATO to Eastern Europe in 1999, thereby strangling Germany’s nascent Ostpolitik in the crib, I think the situation in Europe would be radically different today. As Kennan remarked in his interview with the NYT just after Clinton brought Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic into NATO, it was a grievous strategic error that would lead to tragic results. The situation today bears painful witness to the wisdom of his words.Jul 12, 2018 at 2:44 pm #3546529
Robert MeurantBPL Member
It is truly frightening to be living in a world in which the most powerful man is so detached from reality.Jul 12, 2018 at 5:14 pm #3546548
His reality is the reality of America First. No detachment. Just Alt Reality. /sJul 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm #3546559
Ryan SmithBPL Member
My guess is this is nothing more than Trump trying to drum up business for our defense industry. A trillion more dollars annually to purchase aircraft, missile defense, etc. If only there were a country willing and able to supply such items to those defenseless Europeans.
Thankfully, once NATO countries reach their 2%(or 4%) commitments, the US will finally be able to reduce it’s defense spending…..LOL.
RyanJul 12, 2018 at 7:15 pm #3546571
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