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Response to MosheFeingold (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 02:00 PM

35. We don't "overpay". That's ...

... the con here. Please donít fall for his crap.

Itís a requirement that these other countries spend enough to have a military that can be of use in a crisis. Somewhere along the way it was decided that 2% was the number.

But - We spend what we spend. We donít spend more if they fail to hit that target. It just means that if a disaster or conflict breaks out that requires NATO military intervention, some of these other countries will not have the resources to sustain their contributions. Itís a problem to be addressed, but to characterize it as ripping off the US in some way is bullshit.

But hereís the thing. We do all of this - spend what we spend... always be the big player in a crisis - not to support NATO really. We do it for the relationships we have with the other members. We depend on that network of intelligence, trade and access - and they depend on us to carry most of the water when the shit hits the fan. Itís a little manufactured and trite, but it kind of comes down to they respect us and therefore they are our allies in all things.

This is not at all about who spends what. Itís Trump destroying that standing and those relationships. Heís doing it because heís a fucking moron who does what heís told by Putin. Putin is telling him to do it because he wants to decrease our standing in the world.


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