Skip to comments.It’s Long Past Time for America’s NATO “Allies” to Move out of the Damn House
Posted on 07/11/2018 4:46:02 AM PDT by EyesOfTX
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More fireworks than the 4th of July. So, NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison has her work cut out for her today, as President Donald Trump (I never tire of typing those three words) meets with his counterparts at the fellow NATO member nations and follows that with a one-on-one settee with the execrable German Prime Minister Angela Merkel.
The President already lit off the first volley of bottle rockets upon landing in Brussels, where the conference is being held, telling the assembled bunch of fake international journalists that
Germany is a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia, Trump said, taking particular aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which he has previously criticised.
Everybodys talking about it all over the world, theyre saying were paying you billions of dollars to protect you but youre paying billions of dollars to Russia.
These countries have to step it up not over a 10 year period, they have to step it up immediately, Trump said.
Were protecting Germany, France and everybody this has been going on for decades, Trump said. Were not going to put up with it, we cant put up with it and its inappropriate.
Ok, well, there you go. Thats the U.S. relationship with NATO in a nutshell. It actually has been the U.S. relationship with NATO for decades, but Mr. Trump is just the first U.S. president whos been willing to state the truth of the matter publicly. His predecessors, on the rare occasions when they even raised the subject of the European nations failure to live up to their funding obligations, did so privately, and obviously without effect. This way, they avoided embarrassing their laggard counterparts and preserved the international order they were all so focused on preserving.
But Trumps a businessman, and could not give a damn about preserving the international order about which EU President Donald Tusk (can that really be his real name?) chastised Mr. Trump on Tuesday:
Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you dont have that many, Tusk said, before reminding Trump that European troops had come to Americas aid following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Please remember this tomorrow when we meet at the NATO summit, but above all when you meet President Putin in Helsinki. It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem, he said.
But see, the thing is that President Trump correctly identifies NATO allies like Germany and Turkey as every bit the strategic problems for the United States of America that Russia represents. The first obvious fact is the stark reality that Russia presents no serious military threat to the U.S., yet Germany and the other NATO countries expect the U.S. to continue funding the majority of NATO expenses and spending tens of billions of its dollars every year defending an increasingly hostile Europe from a Russian invasion, just as it has done for the past 73 years.
The European allies demand all of this ongoing U.S. largess while at the same time levying draconian tariffs on imports of American-made goods and importing their natural gas from the very country Russia from which they contend they must have ongoing U.S. military protection.
The U.S. relationship with its NATO allies is almost perfectly analogous to the couple in upstate New York who had to sue their 30 year-old son to force him to move out of the damn house. In the lawsuit, the son contended that his parents had an obligation to just keep funding his layabout lifestyle and allow him to keep living in their home for as long as he wanted to do so.
When World War II came to a final, blessed end in 1945, Germany and much of the rest of Western Europe was in a shambles. Meanwhile, Eastern Europe had been sadly absorbed into the communist orbit of the Soviet Union, which was, along with the U.S., one of the worlds two major military powers. Western Europe needed the protection and support of the United States, and we gave it to them. This was a mutually-advantageous relationship, since it also served what were at the time the strategic interests of the U.S.
Today, the Soviet Union has been dead for 29 years. Russia remains a military power, but is also a country that hardly possesses the financial resources to mount an invasion of Crimea, much less Western Europe. It is long past time for our NATO allies to stop occupying a bedroom in Americas home, go out and get a job, and pay their own way. Paying their own way means ponying up 2 percent of their GDP (the U.S. currently spends about 5 percent) to pay for real military establishments to protect their own borders.
Thats the clear message that Daddy Donald Trump will be delivering today to Tusk, Merkel, May and the boy princes who rule France and Canada, and its a message they all need to heed. Because Daddy Trump isnt going to be impeached, most likely has another six and a half years to serve in office, and hes not fooling around.
Ambassador Hutchison is going to have a long and difficult day. But shes tough, and can take it.
Just another day Donald Trump isnt fooling around America.
That is all.
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NATO = Not Accepting Their Obligations. A bunch of freeloading laggards.
No more Mr. Nice Guy.
Failure to Launch
Move out of the house? More like disabuse them of the notion that this is Upstairs Downstairs with Americans being downstairs.
I would LOVE to have Kay Hutchinsons job!
I wish I could do memes; this would be better in pictures..
Obama the Obsequious
Trump the Terminator
And word bubbles with groveling phrases & No more Mr Nice Guy.
Trump is following his initial instincts. He is making it clear that there is a marked diminution in America’s willingness to sacrifice American blood and treasure to defend Western Europe. If Europeans are indifferent to their own borders and care little about their own cultural heritage, why should Americans be involved in their insanity?
We used to say ‘Nothing After Two O’clock’.
Dear Mr. EU President: Go screw yourself, you commie beret-wearing bastard.
We don't need you. You need us.
Or time for the U.S. to walk away and leave Europe to stew on their own.
If we don't need them then why do we care if they need us? Just quit and let them deal with their own defense.
The solution is for us to leave. The Euroweenies can take care of their own defense.
My uncles stopped getting shot at by Germans in 1945 but subsidized the Germans - and the rest of Europe - until the day they died.
Hell of a way to be thanked.
Americans are finally getting to see who the globalist
elites really are and what they stand for -- America
entwined in a EU bureaucracy and paying for it all.
President Trump has been slowly building up his “street creds” The key point being he does not bluff - he will negotiate but does not bluff.
His opening statement is so beyond what Europeans have been used to hearing it has to be a shock, but it is also something they already know. If President Trump says the US will pull out of NATO they know he will do it.
As the article mentioned, Russia is not the enemy they should be preparing to fight, it is Muslims. With Turkey in NATO that is not going to happen.
The United States would be better off without a commitment to defend Western Europe. I actually believe Europe would (in the end) be better off as well. As it is, they can be soft on dealing with the Muslim invaders believing the US will be there to save them if it becomes necessary. Without the US in NATO they will be forced to look at the threat realistically.
In any type of contract or agreement, there are obligations on both sides. That’s what it takes to make things work for both parties.
Unfortunately, NATO wants a one sided arrangement with the burden being disproportionately placed on the U.S. That is no longer working for us.
Its a lot cheaper for them to increase their defense spending to 2% than it would be for them to bear the full burden of protecting themselves. In other words, NATO can still be a good deal for them if they are smart enough to do their share.
Germany and much of the rest of Western Europe was in a shambles
Germany is not a Western European country.
Then why stay in?
I think our access to NATO bases has a lot to do with it. Logistical considerations are extremely important for us as they have been for military operations over the centuries.
That said, we cannot afford to carry countries that can carry themselves. The agreements have to be mutually beneficial and fair. If they won’t step up, we should step away by decreasing our financial support.
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