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1.3 Percent Doctrine, 98.7 Percent Delusion: Why Obama canít convince Europe to spend on defense
National Review ^ | 03/29/2013 | Tom Rogan

Posted on 03/29/2014 11:02:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: defense; europe; welfare
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1 posted on 03/29/2014 11:02:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

In a nutshell, Europe cannot afford to cut back on its entitlements without risking a continental wide riot.


2 posted on 03/29/2014 11:13:00 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: SeekAndFind

You can bet that if we cut our defense budget, they’ll be the first to call us isolationists.


3 posted on 03/29/2014 11:19:08 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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Well we`re not in very good shape either, so we gotta defend`em? Yea, right!


4 posted on 03/29/2014 11:20:29 AM PDT by nomad
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5 posted on 03/29/2014 11:22:31 AM PDT by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepeesssssed)
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To: Jonty30
In a nutshell, Europe cannot afford to cut back on its entitlements without risking a continental wide riot.
6 posted on 03/29/2014 11:24:36 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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I think it would be good for Europe to be forced to confront reality and grow up.


7 posted on 03/29/2014 11:24:45 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: SeekAndFind

If the US is gong to be the standing army for Europe, then Europe should pay; if they won’t, then a periodic dose of Putin might cause an attitude adjustment - or not.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 11:26:05 AM PDT by Truth29
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I think I said that.


9 posted on 03/29/2014 11:26:32 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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In a nutshell, Europe cannot afford to cut back on its entitlements without risking a continental wide riot.

Kind of like the continental wide riot that will happen in America, when the welfare queens are cut off.

10 posted on 03/29/2014 11:30:07 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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Yep.


11 posted on 03/29/2014 11:30:42 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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and guess who are the biggest rioters in the EU?

rhymes with “fuzzies”.


12 posted on 03/29/2014 11:31:53 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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Europe is rich enough to defend itself. If they want to be a province of Russia, that’s their choice.

America is under no obligation to protect Europe from its own laziness and lack of prudence.


13 posted on 03/29/2014 11:35:48 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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In a nutshell, Europe cannot afford to cut back on its entitlements without risking a continental wide riot.

We should never have allowed "world opinion" suck us into "military humanitarian" missions.

Kosovo, Libya, Kuwait -- we should have said "The conflict does not strategically impact the US. It DOES seem like a good exercise for EU militaries. If you feel strongly that something should be done, we won't stop you, go ahead. If you see Russian armored divisions coming through the Fulda Gap, let us know and we'll be there. Til then, have fun."

14 posted on 03/29/2014 11:38:15 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Truth29
If the US is gong to be the standing army for Europe, then Europe should pay; if they won’t, then a periodic dose of Putin might cause an attitude adjustment - or not.

I suspect mostly NOT. I don't know if there is any hope for Europe in military defense.

15 posted on 03/29/2014 11:38:19 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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Americans want to live like Europeans - with free health care, ebt and cradle to grave welfare.

We see no reason why we should deprive Americans of creature comforts to subsidize lazy European slackers.

Americans want a taste of the la dolce vita lifestyle. They’ve earned it.


16 posted on 03/29/2014 11:43:19 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Secret Agent Man

They are the biggest recipients.


17 posted on 03/29/2014 11:44:05 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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Of Uncle Sam’s welfare. Its time we began taking care of Americans at home.


18 posted on 03/29/2014 11:46:12 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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“Kind of like the continental wide riot that will happen in America, when the welfare queens are cut off. “

I simply can’t picture even a Republican majority and a Republican president cutting off the welfare queens. Nobody has the b@lls. I’d like to be wrong on this, but there have been plenty of Republican majorities with the required Republican president over the last 30 years...and nothing got cut. Instead we got the EPA the Education Empire and even more entitlements.


19 posted on 03/29/2014 11:48:24 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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We’re building a European welfare state. The old American exceptionalism is dead.

It works for them so we might as well crash the party. If they’re jealous, tough luck.


20 posted on 03/29/2014 11:50:54 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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