NYT gets it half-right re: NATO

Have to admit, I had to do a double-take when I saw this non-Trump-bashing New York Times headline:


More specifically, referring to NATO’s 2% defense spending guideline, the Times editorial read:

Now that the smoke has cleared from the NATO summit meeting, the most tangible result is apparent:

President Trump advanced President Barack Obama’s initiative to keep the allies on track to shoulder a more equitable share of NATO’s costs.

Hat tip to the Times for getting this one half-right.

Here’s the half that they didn’t get right…


The part about the 2% being “President Barack Obama’s initiative “.

I hate to break it to Times, but NATO says on its web site:

In 2006, NATO Defence Ministers agreed to commit a minimum of 2% of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to spending on defence.

This guideline principally serves as an indicator of a country’s political will to contribute to the Alliance’s common defence efforts.

By my calculation, 2006 is about 2 years before Obama was elected President.

So, either NATO is mis-representing a verifiable fact on their web site, or the NYT fact-checkers are asleep at the switch.

I’m betting the former.


The Times couldn’t leave it at that, they had to take the mandatory left-hand shot at President Trump:

Of course, two days of gratuitous and self-defeating Trump bombast and threats preceded this resolution.

While the “bombast and threats” may not be as pleasant to watch as heavily-nuanced, consequence-free “pretty please” … it sure doesn’t look like it was self-defeating.

Appears that NATO are now taking the 2% guideline more seriously knowing that the big bully might protect them from the bigger bully.



Related post: All you need to know about NATO funding…


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