President Donald Trump has called for NATO countries to pull their own weight and, of course, establishment elites were aghast at a president upsetting the status quo. U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Wednesday called for NATO countries to pay their fair share, and figures from the alliance show that several countries are failing to meet the 2 percent of GDP requirement, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Of NATO’s 28 members, just five meet the 2 percent spending requirement, and Mattis made it clear Wednesday that enough is enough: “No longer can the American taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defense of western values.”
“Americans cannot care more for your children’s security than you do. Disregard for military readiness demonstrates a lack of respect for ourselves, for the alliance and for the freedoms we inherited, which are now clearly threatened.”
The DCNF reported:
Only the U.S., the U.K., Greece, Poland and Estonia currently meet the spending requirement according to numbers released in December. America tops the list at 3.61 percent, followed by Greece at 2.38 percent of GDP.
Luxembourg and Belgium are at the bottom of the list with 0.44 percent and 0.85 percent of GDP spending on defense, respectively. Spain, Slovenia and Canada are the other three countries below 1 percent.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said America’s allies raised their spending by a combined $10 billion in 2016.
“The most important thing is we increase defense spending, and that is exactly what we are doing,” Stoltenberg said Tuesday. “It is an important step. But it is not enough. We have to do more.”
A select few countries are responsible for the 3.8 percent overall increase. Germany — which turned pacifist after starting and losing two world wars in the 20th century — has announced a number of new defense initiatives with France, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania and the Czech Republic. The country is still far below the mark at 1.19 percent of GDP in defense spending.Other major allies — including France (1.78 percent), Turkey (1.56) and Italy (1.11) — are also below the mark.
Globalists on both sides of the aisle tend not to care if the U.S. taxpayer foots the bill for NATO and the rest of the world, but those who respect national sovereignty and everything the U.S. stands for do.
The numbers are clear — too many NATO countries aren’t meeting their basic defense obligations, and it’s about time that the U.S. calls them out on it.