15 Jan Should the U.S. defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?
NATO is an intergovernmental military collaboration between 29 North American and European countries. NATO acts as a collective defense wherein states agree to defend each other in response to an attack by any external force.
President Donald Trump has recently suggested withdrawal from the alliance if they fail to increase their spending on the military bloc.
When NATO was conceptualized after WWII, member countries pledged to spend at least 2% of their GDP on their military spending. France, Turkey, Germany, Canada, and Italy are currently paying less than 2% of their GDP on military defense.
Those in favor of U.S to continue being a part of NATO believe it’s an indispensable alliance, needed for Global Peace. Opponents find the idea of United States spending more than other European countries as unfair to the taxpayers.
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Should the U.S. defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?
Salvador RivasPosted at 13:11h, 29 May
I do not believe there is an honest answer to this question. First you must understand what the treaty specifies and go from there. Seems to me there needs to be renegotiations of enforcement of the treaty if theses nations are not complying as per the treaty. Is there more to it?
Cynthia WallacePosted at 04:39h, 30 July
The United States should remain a member of NATO. The Nations that are shirking on the 2% need to hold to their sworn agreements. There’s no reason a nation with high GNP should not pay the required membership funds. If one of those Nations required NATO support, how would they like it if United States only provided less than 2% to help them. Well it would be shameful that’s what they agree to to be a member of NATO. International peacekeeping is a necessity to protect freedom. It would be very interesting to see a printout of the expense to defend another Nations the United States has paid versus other members NATO. I know we would be the primary spender to protect another country’s freedom.