Skip to comments.Report: Trump wants Germany, Japan and others to pay full cost plus a premium for US troops
Posted on 03/10/2019 7:12:48 PM PDT by Steve Schulin
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Trump would have made a great head of one of the 5 New York families :)
I love so many things he does.
And it makes sense.
Bodyguards and security guards dont work for free.
Were defending ENTIRE NATIONS.
I can see Trump in the Oval Office saying, “Today we settle all the county’s business.”
This is meant to make them get their own defense needs into place.
They dont care about our sabre-rattling, so telling them they are getting a bill will finally make them more responsible.
Until now, these countries are like your college student who stays in your home and refuses to get a job. When you give them a formal, legal request, they realize they DO have to leave...
Our border is being overrun and we keep our troops overseas. Lunacy.
A German friend says they’re thankful to the US base because we give the Germans jobs.
We've become the Klingons. President Trump says he wants our allies with financial means to pay for their own defense. So do I. But I also want them to pay for their own soldiers. When our troops are overseas fighting other nation's wars, and those nations pay, they're mercenaries. President Trump wants other nations to pay more than the cost. That would give the gov a profit motive for never-ending wars.
I could fall off the Trump Train, but I don't know that there's any other train to get on. I don't know why he didn't declare an official end to the Korean War and let NK and SK sort it out. If North Koreans get a taste of economic advantages (and Big Macs) and unify with SK, they'll put their energy into developing as SK has.
~$800 for a 3 year visa? Sounds like thatll go towards paying for our troops.
That will kill their tourism industry. Most likely ours too as Im sure a retaliatory fee would be imposed on EU travelers to the USA.
Reforger! Ya that was a money tree for the whole country.
Though it won't be the ethnic Germans next time, but their olive-skinned occupiers.
I toured the Hamm Military Cemetery in 1989. A beautiful place.
“Greece? Surely you jest.” (for a US base)
Times change. Maybe they would get hard up enough at some point for a little extra economic activity. Clearly, their left-wing politics (long a priority for agitation by the Soviets, and post-Soviet Russians) has had an Anti-American strain, and their current government is pretty far left.
But under the Post-Soviet “Lily Pad” approach, more smaller bases can be employed vs. fewer larger ones; and local military bases can be expanded for contingency US use, as well as occasional exercises. A low profile deal like that might fly under the political radar, even in Greece, if there were some benefits or security threats that motivated the politicians.
We are already doing a bit of that in Israel, with American Airmen stationed at an Israeli airbase, and given their own facilities to operate.
Even so, the Greece mention is more about their favorable location, than realistic prospects.
And Clark AFB wasnt a political issue? Sure it was.
The Philippines wanted Clark closed and it was. The EU wants to be under the US nuclear umbrella on the cheap. They and their allies in Congress have been fighting any POTUS proposed NATO reform tooth and nail. The chance of Congress allowing POTUS to close major bases like Ramstein in Europe at the moment are nil. Guaranteed.
I’m not opposed to a 100% premium.
Or, they can do it themselves.
We’re going to need those troops on our southern border.
Germany has a huge surplus of money.
It’s an opening gambit, later to be bargained down. I’m guessing he’ll settle on full cost, but if he hadn’t thrown in the 50% initially, he’d have had to settle for half cost.
Ramstein Air Base the largest in Germany has been used as a vital staging post for the U.S. military interventions in Iraq and Libya, which Berlin either opposed or did not participate in. And Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the largest overseas military hospital in the world, is a stopping point for troops injured in Afghanistan and other missions abroad. It offers no direct benefit to Germanys security. Similarly, Marines crisis response forces in Spain and Italy are tasked with protecting U.S. interests and diplomatic compounds in Africa on short notice rather than Europes territorial defense. Its unclear whether Italy or Spain would feel obliged to pony up more for their presence. Still, with a more assertive Russia, allies in Europe have been eager for more U.S. forces, especially along NATOs eastern flank, which could give the Trump administration leverage. Poland has offered $2 billion to establish a permanent U.S. base in its country.
It is about dam time!
They should have been paying it it the entire time.
Grass, gas or ass, nobody rides for free.
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