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Why Germany’s Failure to Meet Its NATO Spending Goal Matters
National Review ^ | 2018 | Bonnie Kristian

Posted on 06/11/2018 1:29:29 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege

Like most NATO member states, Germany does not keep its alliance pledge to put 2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) toward defense spending, and Berlin does not intend to change that any time soon.

At $521 per capita, Germany is remarkable mainly for its comparative wealth and import: Germany failing to meet the 2 percent target will have a greater impact than, say, Iceland or Bulgaria. A few states do hit 2 percent, though with the exception of the United Kingdom, they are generally small or poorer countries such as Estonia and Greece that can offer little real mutual defense to the United States.

President Trump is right to complain about European NATO members’ infidelity to their military spending goals — other presidents before him shared the same concerns. But as with his predecessors, rhetoric alone will not change Europe’s behavior. A better approach would entail modernizing the United States’ relationship to NATO on a broader scale, increasing Europe’s involvement and shifting more responsibility onto those wealthy allies to patrol their own region.

“Collectively, the Europeans don’t need U.S. troops or dollars, both of which are in short supply anyway and needed elsewhere,” wrote military historian and veteran Andrew Bacevich in 2009 in an analysis that remains tellingly relevant almost a decade later. “Yet as long as the United States sustains the pretense that Europe cannot manage its own affairs, the Europeans will endorse that proposition, letting Americans foot most of the bill. Only if Washington makes it clear that the era of free-riding has ended will Europe grow up.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: g7; germany; nato
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1 posted on 06/11/2018 1:29:29 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

The USA would do well to link our tariff structure to the amount that we have to spend to subsidize the defense of the European Union and Canada.


2 posted on 06/11/2018 1:31:37 PM PDT by MeganC (There is nothing feminine about feminism.)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

After we restore general import tariffs, add 2% to NATO members that don’t meet their obligations.

The tariff will be good for our industries even as it provides a source of funds to our government to help pay for NATO.


3 posted on 06/11/2018 1:33:13 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

The EU *yawns” in palpable anger!


4 posted on 06/11/2018 1:37:41 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ("We were designed as gardeners, not cubicle rats." (/robroys woman))
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To: DannyTN

I read that today Germany has no working U-boats in their navy. Sad, really sad. They built some great boats in the past.


5 posted on 06/11/2018 1:39:39 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll Onward! Ride to the sound of the guns!)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Free college and health care on the backs of American suckers. Trump is so great pushing back on these free loaders.


6 posted on 06/11/2018 1:39:59 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
I read the same thing about them having no operating u boats. Also it said something like they only had 16 helicopters and have to rent helicopters when they need extra. I guess maybe we should be glad , they did start 2 world wars 👎. Amazing they all mooch of us for defense and then push us around with trade.
7 posted on 06/11/2018 1:48:04 PM PDT by BillyCuccio (MAGA)
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We need to leave NATO now.


8 posted on 06/11/2018 2:14:24 PM PDT by TheTimeOfMan (A time for peace and a time for war)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Do we still need 30-40000 troops in Germany? Should bases be established in Easter Europe?


9 posted on 06/11/2018 2:24:07 PM PDT by arrogantsob (See "Chaos and Mayhem" at Amazon.com)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege
Germany has never had a NATO spending Goal.
Germany has a NATO spending Obligation.
10 posted on 06/11/2018 2:34:59 PM PDT by MrEdd (Caveat Emptor)
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To: DannyTN

Screw the 2%, just bring all of our troops home and put them on the border with orders to shoot those trying to sneak in on sight.


11 posted on 06/11/2018 2:40:46 PM PDT by GOPe Means Bend Over Spell Run
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To: arrogantsob

Poland has offered to pay for one.


12 posted on 06/11/2018 2:41:17 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Yes, those of you who noted the German equipment readiness rats are spot on. I was simply gob-smacked when Frau Merkel had the temerity to start running smack about how Europe would have to looking out for itself if it could not count on the U.S. What a f***ing joke. Vlad the Invader has got to be laughing his Chekist ass off.


13 posted on 06/11/2018 2:45:41 PM PDT by Lysandru
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

The Germans don’t even pretend to meet their NATO goals. They spent 1.13% of their GDP last year which is jusy over half of their NATO obligations. They plan to raise that to 1.5% by 2025, they’re not even trying.


14 posted on 06/11/2018 2:46:50 PM PDT by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

I worry, sort of, about this. European countries have waged wars against each other for millenia, haven’t they? England vs France. England vs Spain. France vs. England. spain vs everyone. Germany against the world and vice versa. Italy into Aftica. Greek and Turkey at it over Cyprus. In other words, everyone in turn against everyone else.
The longest “peaceful” time in Europe has been when a devastated Europe was “occupied” by American troops staged to keep out the “real bad guys” after WWII.
With an absence of American troops, how long could it be before long standing ill-feelings again explode? People do indeed have very long memories.


15 posted on 06/11/2018 2:47:40 PM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf ( i)
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jusy=just


16 posted on 06/11/2018 2:48:00 PM PDT by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: CaptainAmiigaf

Yup. America disrespected and underestimated by European elites as usual.

If you closely examine the geopolitical dynamics at work with Germany’s economic ties with Russia right NOW (esp with regard to oil/gas and NordStream 2 pipeline) they are more or less resembling pre-WWII pacts like the Molotov-Ribbentrop Agreement...and that did not go well...

NordStream II: Old Solution. New Problems.

https://www.ispionline.it/en/pubblicazione/nord-stream-ii-project-old-solution-new-problems-17572


17 posted on 06/11/2018 2:59:32 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: arrogantsob
Do we still need 30-40000 troops in Germany? Should bases be established in Easter Europe?

Certain facilities would be logical to retain; Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the nearby Ramstein Air Base in SW Germany come first to mind. Centrally located in Western Europe, it was the principal stop-off & stabilization point for medical cases from Iraq & Afghanistan before returning to USofA.

18 posted on 06/11/2018 3:09:38 PM PDT by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

A while back when Trump first raised this they claimed that their spending on welfare services for their 2 million illegal alien muslims counted towards their NATO obligation. And that they therefore are meeting the target.

They consider it to be “cleaning up” some imaginary mess “created” by America.


19 posted on 06/11/2018 3:39:51 PM PDT by fluorescence
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To: SES1066

I don’t think we need 30-40,000 troops there. We should still man the hospitals,communications centers and probably spec-ops. As far as regular military, they can be realigned into central America and the middle east.

Just for $hits and giggles, move an army division along with supporting air and naval units to Israel. Really drive the left up a wall.


20 posted on 06/11/2018 3:44:20 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Proud member of the DWN party. (Deplorable Wing Nut))
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