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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 02:31 PM

Will NATO Survive? Allies Meet In London For 2-Day Summit Amid Discord


By Marcy Kreiter
@marcykreiter

12/02/19 AT 11:41 AM

This week’s NATO summit was supposed to be a post-Brexit showcase for Britain but instead, the United Kingdom is mired in elections, the French and Turkish presidents are name calling and an impeachment-plagued U.S. President Donald Trump likely will be looking for a distraction.

The summit, which opens with a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday evening, comes just days after a terror attack on London Bridge that left two people dead and three injured as the country prepares for Dec. 12 elections following Parliament’s failure to approve a deal to divorce the United Kingdom from the European Union. That divorce has been delayed until the end of January with no guarantee the new Parliament will be any more pliable.

The 70-year-old North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded by the United States, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the United Kingdom to counter the Soviet Union. Since then, it has expanded to include Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

Trump has long complained the United States has carried too much of the financial burden of protecting Europe and reduced the U.S. financial obligation. The U.S. contribution has slipped from a high of nearly 6% of gross domestic product in 1989 to 3.42% this year. The European and Canadian contribution has fallen from nearly 3% of GDP in 1989 to just 1.55% in 2019. Trump said NATO countries should be contributing 2% of GDP for their defense.

In total dollars, the U.S. contribution (in 2015 dollars) has fallen from $741 million in 2012 to $685 million in 2019 for defense expenditures compared to $256 million in 2012 from Europe and Canada to $299 million this year, a 4.6% increase.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 03:07 PM

1. If the other members of NATO refuse to meet 2%, then NATO's time is at an end

If the alliance was a priority for them, they would meet their commitments.

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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 03:30 PM

2. Us need the hell our of NATO and NATO needs to be the hell out of the US.

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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 03:33 PM

3. Western Europe is dead!

We need to leave NATO! Eastern Europe is what we should be defending!

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