March 19, 2017

Trump doesn't understand NATO

Guardian - On the heels of a visibly awkward visit from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, Donald Trump said that Germany owed “vast sums of money” to Nato and the US, even though the alliance does not stipulate payments to America.

His remarks prompted a former US permanent representative to Nato to reply “that’s not how Nato works”, and to add that increased European spending on defense was not a “favor (or payment) to the US”.

Trump’s tweets on Saturday suggested a misunderstanding of the way Nato is funded. According to Nato’s official guidelines, member nations are expected to spend at least 2% of their country’s gross domestic product  on defense. However, only a handful of the 28 members actually meet that target.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Noone should understand NATO. If you honor the declaration of independence and constitution and UN charter you get suspicious of continental military alliances that lock in standing armies. This is the world war model inherited from the German empire. If you just woke up after sleeping since 1943 you would not be living in the same nation, now you are in the homeland of an empire. Nationalism has always questioned entanglement with the British Empire and asked how good of an ally of indepenence can Russia be. From Adams to Lincoln to FDR to post- missile crisis JFK. Now Putin after his famous UN speech is the major proponent of the independent nation state as globally conjoined in the UN. The US, as announced in Obama's UN speech, is the opponent of national independence. NATO formalizes the world war model of imperial axis powers.