Barefoot Pundit

Europe’s Nervous Breakdown

The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!  Donald Trump has insulted NATO and is picking a fight with Angela Merkel.  How rude!  What a boor!  Doesn’t he know how to act when a person is around the elevated leaders in Europe?  Guess not.  Oh, that’s right.  He is looking out for the United States. 


We know how serious this all is because John Kerry is close to apoplexy.  This is not how you treat our wonderful allies in Europe.  Let’s investigate that belief.


There are 29 countries in NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization).  NATO was formed to protect Europe against the Soviet Union.  Each country’s direct spending for NATO is calculated on the basis of gross national income.  For the United States that is currently about 22%.  All other countries in NATO pay less for the costs of the military and administrative costs required to operate NATO. 


The problem is indirect spending on NATO which exceeds direct funding.  The NATO guideline established in 2006 is that defense expenditures should amount to 2% of each country’s gross domestic product.  The United States in 2015 spent 3.7%.  The majority of the other countries spent 1.18% of GDP.  Only four other countries currently exceed

the 2% guideline. 


The combined wealth of the non-US Allies, measured in GDP is greater than that of the United States.  However, those non-US allies together spend less than half of what the United States spends on defense.


Donald Trump is telling Europe to pay their fair share.  He is running the United States like a business.  Any business that over pays for services will not be in business long.  He is also calling out Angela Merkel of Germany for her private deal with Russia to obtain natural gas from Mr. Putin.  She totally bypassed the rest of NATO and signed a sweetheart deal with old Vlad.  How convenient!  Why didn’t she buy the natural gas from the United States?  We are supposed to be allies.  Does she trust Russia?


It is fun to watch the establishment get their panties in a bunch over the President calling out countries that are basically free loaders.  The days of being a sugar daddy nation are over.  Donald Trump is looking out for America and Americans.  We have carried too many countries in the world for far too long.  It is time to say good bye to sugar daddy. He is going home.


By the way, the Pundit sincerely hopes that John Kerry and the rest of the establishment in the United States will recover from the latest assault on their sensibilities.  Otherwise, they may have to spend the entire summer at the Hamptons in complete bed rest.