NATO: A Freefall into Oblivion

Shortly after we got transferred back to the states in the late 1960’s and my dad went to work for the Pentagon, the proverbial shitake mushrooms hit the fan as the defense budget costs were audited revealing $1000 nails, gold toilet seats, $5000 paintings, etc… It was an embarrassment but it showed how budgets were created, inflated, and spent.  It also showed – why?

In the government, when you submit a budget, if you don’t use up all the allocated funds, the subsequent year you are given less.  Therefore, some genius came up with the idea of overspending so that each subsequent year you would get more.  That’s how it went in a nutshell.  And that’s how it continued from the advent of Democrat Lyndon Johnson, until present day.

In light of Trump demanding that NATO allies immediately spend the ‘required’ 2% of GDP on defense, the backlash is typical – “the USAF spent $32,000 on special cups”. Therefore, Trump is a spendthrift who can’t call out member states who don’t ante up their part.

Of course, they have completely missed the point.

The oddball spendthrift is the one country that is the EU’s wealthiest, Germany spending just a tad over 1%.  Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Norway, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania all underspend according to the NATO rules of Protocol. And they all have since 1991 when Clinton was President and the Soviet Union was dissolved.   The threats for which NATO was created; Italy and the Soviet Union, no longer existed.

Of 29 member states, 5 meet the 2% threshold, Poland is quite close, and the remaining don’t.  So why have rules at all if no one cares to abide by them?  Why have NATO is even the EU’s wealthiest nation refuses to pay their fair share?

Yet somehow, Trump is the bad guy…

Trump called for the 2% mark to be met immediately with a future goal of 4% and the media is going ballistic.  Why? Because they say the US doesn’t spend that much, in fact the US spends only 3.6%…  Interesting argument.  Trump is apparently setting the stage for an increase in defense spending and the media completely missed the message.

Adding to the idiocy is the fact that Merkel who just instituted an extension of sanctions against Russia, simultaneously signed a deal for $11 billion to bring the Russian pipeline into the EU, and demonized Trump for even criticizing the hypocrisy of the situation, while demanding that the US continue to pay the bill to protect Germany from the ‘bad guy’ – Russia.

In 2017, Germany reported a 41.2 billion Euro surplus which represented 1.2% of their GDP.  SO why didn’t they meet their NATO budget criteria if they had the funds to do so?   Military expenditures represented roughly 10% of their Revenues.

The reason they don’t is because no one is crying wolfe!  They are not called to their word.  And their integrity has flatlined.

NATO:  The US was initially not a member of NATO until Democrat, Harry Truman, decided that including the US would help to expand the globalization goal in eradicating communism – ie, Soviet Russia and Fascist Italy.   At the time Germany was not a member given they were the front for WWII.  In 1955, despite France’s adamant denunciation, NATO brought West Germany in as a member.  By 1966, De Gaulle had transferred all defense forces out of NATO due to the perception that it had become a US/UK stronghold.

Short term memory: France did not return to NATO until 2009 with advent of Obama’s Presidency and the rise of the Global elite cabal.

While NATO membership continued to expand from its initial 5 countries as of 1948, it is not clear why given the threats it was created to deter had long ago been eradicated.  Still, it was somewhat of an elite party and everyone wanted to be on the list although no one wanted to pay their fee, they likened it to a freebie supported in most by the US.

Over the course of it’s life NATO has worked somewhat in conjunction with US military forces. Essentially, they became a US adjunct financially, while the EU states that it was formed to protect continued to pay less and less over the next 26-27 years from 1991 to 2018.  The US military budget is $886 billion.   That accounts for over half the Discretionary Spending and roughly 20% of the entire Federal Budget.

NATO is obsolete. Whether or not they accomplished anything of value since their ascension to power is debatable.   Their purpose has been removed from existence over the last 26 years.  EU and Canada have recognized this and their contributions have been on a steady free fall ever since.

Dump NATO.

US = NATO Sugar Daddy

It is odd how the media portrays the NATO issue that is at the forefront of the Merkel and Trump hostility. While few countries within NATO ante up according to the rules, the US has somehow become the Entitlement Program, the Welfare supporter for Europe’s military.

Germany does have their own military, of sorts. There are roughly 60,000 troops and a budget of roughly $48 billion which has remained relatively unchanged since 2001 and represents just 1.2% to 1.5% of their GDP. Merkel has been under fire for not meeting NATO criteria and simply shifting the burden on the US. Her response? She will work on it – and maybe by 2024, Germany will be able to meet the legal requirement.  Not exactly a spiffy response…

Of the twenty eight members of NATO, only five made or exceeded the 2% rule. Why?

There are some who believe it is too steep and interferes in the 3% deficit rule imposed by the EU on its member states. It then becomes something of a juggling of funds from one basket to the other – like Kiting checks.

Unfortunately, this argument opens up the Pandora Box of the EU concept as a whole. The migrant crisis as a whole. And the welfare system as a whole.

The five countries meeting the 2% rule include: US, UK, Greece, Poland and Estonia. Oddly poignant is the fact that Greece meets the military requirement but is sanctioned for not meeting the EU 3% deficit requirement.

Germany is pitiably at the bottom of the chart currently hanging out with The Netherlands (1.2%), Canada (1%), Denmark (1.2%), Belgium (.9%)and the rest of the deadbeats who feel no compunction to meet the criteria.  Perhaps, imposing sanctions and fines and penalties would wake everyone up.  A consequence – what a novel idea…

What good is a rule if no one respects it enough to meet it?

Given the US is shouldering anywhere from 3.6% to 4% of GDP, it is understandable that We The People might have a problem with that discrepancy. Located in Brussels, NATO primarily spends all it’s funding on the EU. And while the EU is our ally, propping up their entire military is not in The Constitution…  it is more of a Sugar Daddy effect.

NATO defense spending has specifically targeted Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Poland and Portugal. It becomes rather impertinent of Merkel to take a holier-than-thou attitude about Trump’s position on NATO spending when Germany hangs out with the 1.2% crowd and refuses to come to the plate. And in fact, after the 2% ratification agreement in 2014, Merkel ‘reduced’ military spending by 1.3% which would coincide with the influx of 2 million immigrants into Germany in 2015.  Kiting checks.

In addition, this immigrant crisis diverted NATO funds to ‘helping the refugees’. By default, that means that the US is the largest financial supporter of refugees…in Europe.

But Merkel’s reaction to the US not continuing it’s propping up of NATO for the EU is like getting persnickety at your bank when they bounce a check because you refuse to cover the dollars. And then turning up your nose at the NSF fee, and demanding the bank front you the money. How dare the bad bad bank do such a thing!

The fact that the US and UK virtually support NATO actually creates a hierarchal Commonwealth with the EU as a ‘subject’ of the Kingdom overseen by the US and UK. I doubt that the Europeans would think highly of such a societal pecking order, and yet their Socialist agenda still demands the US act as Sugar Daddy.

Why? Entitlement. But it’s also a lack of explanation and argument of what is and has happened.   The Europeans truly believe they are more informed and educated than the Americans. The Canadians truly believe they are more informed and educated than the Americans. And yet, they fail to see that we ‘uninformed Americans’ support them financially.  We would be more than happy to stop that funding…  thus dismantling the global Socialist, Communist Kingdom hierarchy…  Which is why Merkel – is running scared.  She is entrenched in that agenda with the Rothschild and Soros agents fervently working the helm.

But that’s the power of Socialism – it creates a false reality in which everything is – what you are told to believe.   A child told he/she is stupid, will ultimately believe ‘they are stupid’, it has nothing to do with reality and everything to do with the power of persuasion and manipulation.

And so we have a persnickety Merkel, angry and offended by Trump, because he is considering pulling the rug from beneath the global round table and in so doing will reveal the reality of all the dust-bunnies that lie beneath.