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Old July 9th, 2018, 06:49 PM   #1
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Give Trump his due: Europe must spend more on NATO

Indeed, and any American not backing President Trump on this is a fool.


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But money is whatís at the crux of the American irritation with Europe. When I started my career in the Dutch navy four decades ago, NATO had just 15 members, and the U.S. accounted for 50 percent of all defense spending. Now we have 29 members, but the U.S. spends around 72 percent of NATOís total defense budget.

Too many European governments have been complacent about the ongoing security threats. Even after the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, some continued to make cuts to their military budgets.

The good news is that the music is changing. Nearly all NATO member defense budgets are either holding steady or rising. In 2015, we finally reversed a downward trend that had lasted seven years. Among European members, only Estonia, Greece and the U.K. met their two percent target last year, but eight NATO countries should meet it in 2018. At least 15 members should hit it by the 2024 target date. While this is not what they all promised, they are moving in the right direction when it comes to burden-sharing.

That, ultimately, will help anchor America to NATO. It is high time for Europe to shoulder its fair share of the burden and respond to American concerns that we are not pulling our weight. While Trump was wrong in 2016 to describe NATO as obsolete, the era when Europe could subcontract its security to Washington has long passed.

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Matthieu Borsboom, a former vice admiral of the Royal Netherlands Navy, is Burson-Marstellerís senior adviser for defense and security.



https://www.politico.eu/article/nato...st-spend-more/
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Old July 9th, 2018, 07:01 PM   #2
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I firmly believe that Europe should be compelled to devote at least 90% of their GDP towards military and war based expenditures. 2% should be put into my Swiss account, and the other 8% they may spend as they see accordingly.
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Old July 9th, 2018, 07:03 PM   #3
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Hey, it's just the Trumpster, fulfilling another campaign promise.
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Old July 9th, 2018, 07:12 PM   #4
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Indeed, and any American not backing President Trump on this is a fool.





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Matthieu Borsboom, a former vice admiral of the Royal Netherlands Navy, is Burson-Marstellerís senior adviser for defense and security.



https://www.politico.eu/article/nato...st-spend-more/
Your posted article says the trend was reversed starting in 2015. Trump was not President in 2015, Obama was. Why give him credit? The process had already begun.
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Old July 10th, 2018, 03:48 AM   #5
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If France or Germany didn't pay one red cent to Nato, would the US leave and disband their military in those countries. NOPE. They might even turn around and charge us for being on their land and we'd pay them.
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Indeed, and any American not backing President Trump on this is a fool.

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Matthieu Borsboom, a former vice admiral of the Royal Netherlands Navy, is Burson-Marstellerís senior adviser for defense and security.



https://www.politico.eu/article/nato...st-spend-more/

What exactly has Trump done that you appauld so loudly?

(besides act as a belligerent jerk)
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Old July 10th, 2018, 03:57 AM   #7
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If France or Germany didn't pay one red cent to Nato, would the US leave and disband their military in those countries. NOPE. They might even turn around and charge us for being on their land and we'd pay them.
Are you saying that NATO serves our needs? And we are not just the worlds biggest bleeding heart?

Can't be, that is not the narrative.
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Old July 10th, 2018, 04:14 AM   #8
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Are you saying that NATO serves our needs? And we are not just the worlds biggest bleeding heart?

Can't be, that is not the narrative.

Yes I am. The MIC agrees.
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Don the Con is a clown. The world has no respect for him. Europe understands that we are experiencing a temporary problem that will eventually go away.
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Yes I am. The MIC agrees.
The MIC agree with anything that provides them with piles of money.
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