Archive for the ‘NATO’ Category

We saved their butts twice and they still haven’t forgiven us…

July 23, 2018

This is cleaned up paraphrases a classic slam at the French for underappreciating the U.S. role in both World Wars.

It came to mind when I read a Los Angeles Times article over the weekend.

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The gist of the article is that Trump — by calling on NATO members to meet their 2% of GDP defense commitment and by not wholeheartedly promising to defend Montenegro — has given NATO members cause to question whether the U.S. is a reliable ally.

Say, what?

Let’s dig a little deeper…

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NYT gets it half-right re: NATO

July 16, 2018

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

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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…

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The elephant in NATO’s room…

July 11, 2018

Heavy dependence on Russian oil.
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NATO’s primary mission is to keep it’s member countries safe … mostly from Russia, right?

But, as we posted yesterday, key NATO nations (think: Germany) are hesitant to spend 2% of their GDP on defense … and are largely dependent on U.S. troops to protect NATO’s eastern flank and police the rest of the world.

Given that Russia is a lot closer to Europe than to the U.S. … why aren’t European nations more energized to defend themselves more aggressively and more visibly against the Russians?

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The answer can be summed up in one word…

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All you need to know about NATO funding…

July 10, 2018

Trump is right about the NATO reliance on the U.S.

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Lot of chatter in the run-up to this week’s NATO meeting.

Trump says that the U.S. piggybanks of NATO’s funding.

MSM fact-checkers say that Trump is way off base.

So, who is right?

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I did some digging and here’s what I found…

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