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There is no choice but to spend more on defense, Trump tells NATO allies
[AlAhram] US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
said NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
allies had no choice but to increase their military spending, repeating his demand that all those in the alliance meet the target of spending 2% of GDP a year on defense.

"The prime minister and I agree that our NATO allies must increase their defense spending - we’ve both been working very hard to that end," Trump told news hounds on Tuesday after a meeting with Britannia’s Theresa May in London.

He added: "We expect a growing number of nations to meet the minimum 2% of GDP requirement. To address today’s challenges, all members of the alliance must fulfill their obligations. They have no choice."
Posted by:trailing wife

#9  There is no choice but to spend more on defense, Trump tells NATO allies..cause we're leaving.

So long and thanks for all the fish.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2019-06-05 19:20  

#8  Herb? Do you own a mirror?
Posted by: Frank G   2019-06-05 19:01  

#7  Not that anyone should care, but for "agree with Herb" above, please read, "empathize with Herb" or "see Herb's points." Always been willing to shift a bit (or a bunch) for sake of a good discussion, much to the eventual disgust and discouragement of hordes of proselytes and propagandists over teh years. Learned early on to give 'em the "unconvertibility disclaimer" up front, not that that's ever stopped the poor bastids.
Posted by: Ebbolunter the Limber6463   2019-06-05 18:57  

#6  In 2018 Anno Domini,
What's NATO? Just ham hocks and hominy
As Putin we're spooking...
And tactical nuking
Of Poland and not our chum Germany.

Mostly agree with Herb myself... in principle. In practice... never could stand cheap manipulation and bluster, which I've always thought worse in systematic societal application than a little within-the-noise collateral awfulness.
Posted by: Ebbolunter the Limber6463   2019-06-05 18:34  

#5  At the risk of sounding Herb-ish, what *exactly* is the point of NATO nowadays?

Posted by: SteveS   2019-06-05 17:58  

#4  This Neocon Whisperer figures
His black, white, and bloody Red triggers --
Constructivist thinking
Delivered while winking --
Will shame... baby-murderers? [snickers]
Posted by: Ebbolunter the Limber6463   2019-06-05 17:02  

#3  Hey, we had to kill those innocent babies! All we had to do was call them human shields, then it was totally 100% okay! Shut up, Russian shill, you're parroting Putin's talking points!

How ungrateful Europeans are to have allies willing to do the dirty work of murder. It's all in the service of a greater ideal. We must reorder the Middle East, no matter how many people have to die. It's for the greater good!
Posted by: Herb McCoy    2019-06-05 15:58  

#2  All we hear is what awful baby killing monsters we are.

Said without the slightest hint of irony.
Posted by: Raj   2019-06-05 08:22  

#1  They don't take NATO seriously, why should we? They're the ones breaking the alliance, not us. All we hear is what awful baby killing monsters we are. Fuck those ungrateful freeloaders.
Posted by: Herb McCoy    2019-06-05 01:32