Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Trump tells Europe, YOUR NATO, YOUR bill!

commercial photography locationsPresident Donald Trump has told the leaders of Europe that they must divvy up more from their own budgets to pay for the coöperative military organization that is the North American Treaty Organization (NATO).
"NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations," Trump said in his Brussels speech. NATO members agreed to increase their defense spending in 2014, but have not delivered on that pledge.
Bravo, Mr. President.
Finally, after the initial slew of executive orders that he signed upon first entering the Oval Office and all the turmoil that followed in which almost nothing has gone according to plan (thanks to all the sinister forces arrayed against him), Mr. Trump has fulfilled another major campaign promise. The Donald is back.
President Trump reminded these heads of Europe that the United States of America currently picks up 70 percent of the bill for what most of them regard as OTAN. (For instance, in French, it's L'Organisation du Traité de l'Atlantique Nord.)
The American President pointed out in his speech that 23 out of 28 member countries are not paying their full dues and that the U.S. will not carry them anymore as it "is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States."
Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Paolo Gentiloni, Mark Rutte and others assembled at headquarters also heard Trump announce the need for greater action to be taken with regard to terrorism by the alliance. "You have thousands and thousands of people pouring into our various countries and spreading throughout, and in many cases we have no idea who they are. The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration," said Mr. Trump.
I have held the position for nearly twenty-five years now—since my college years—that NATO is an anachronism. Furthermore, Turkey should never have been allowed into the alliance given its historical instability and the presence of an Ottoman dictator wannabe like Erdoğan, a reality that could have been predicted even during the Dulles Doctrine heyday of the 1950s. Lastly, it is nothing short of disgraceful that we did not listen to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin when, during the early '90s, he beseeched the West, the U.S. in particular, not to pursue expansion of NATO, lest we insult and appear to distrust the Russian bear. You want to know why we have to deal with the authoritarian likes of comrade Vladimir Putin, folks? Yeltsin warned us; we did not listen.
Alas and alack, the deep state and the neocon sable-rattlers have won the battle for NATO's survival. The least the President can do is insist that the organization sticks to its fee requirements, and Mr. Trump has done just that.
Frau Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, has reacted by announcing that Germany and the European Union must now stand on their own as they cannot rely on the United States nor the United Kingdom anymore. With Trump's hardcore stance against carrying the financial weight of NATO, and Prime Minister Theresa May standing firm on Brexit and pushing back against the pathetic bullies of the E.U. by not letting them dictate the terms of a deal, Merkel has decided to grab her ball and go home.
The reason Europe is shocked—shocked, I tell ya'—that the United States under Donald Trump will demand greater expenditures toward NATO from it is because for the longest time, it has gotten away with riding the gravy train. It practially became an unwritten rule that the leading nations of Europe, the same ingrates who last decade defiantly declared, hey hey, ho ho, to Iraq we will not go, should be given a free ride because Europe is special, Europe is cultural, Europe knows better than the redneck rubes in the U.S. Therefore, these continental Lords Temporal were entitled to be permanent recipients of American welfare. Well, Americans will not pay for their champagne nor their caviar anymore.
I have a feeling that when Germany, and France, and all the other deadbeats of Europe, start paying their fair share for their precious alliance, maybe then they will be forced to acknowledge the true cost of their policy regarding migrants and the welfare state. When Uncle Sam is no longer there to bail them out, they will have to cut back. We might—I stress, might—finally witness a Europe that will come to its senses because it was forced to do so by an nationalist American president.
All part of the MAGA agenda. I highly approve.

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