Comments on: Trump wants to leave U.S. allies in the lurch http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/28/trump-wants-to-leave-u-s-allies-in-the-lurch/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: americangrizzly http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/28/trump-wants-to-leave-u-s-allies-in-the-lurch/#comment-1129695 Sun, 03 Apr 2016 14:54:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=47199#comment-1129695 At present, NATO has 28 members. In 1949, there were 12 founding members of the Alliance: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States. The other member countries are: Greece and Turkey (1952), Germany (1955), Spain (1982), the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland (1999), Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia (2004), and Albania and Croatia (2009).

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By: americangrizzly http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/28/trump-wants-to-leave-u-s-allies-in-the-lurch/#comment-1129694 Sun, 03 Apr 2016 14:53:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=47199#comment-1129694 The United States currently provides about 25 percent of these NATO common-funded budgets, and will continue to do so after the addition of the new members. source NATO
On other fronts, alliance leaders pressed NATO countries to follow through on commitments to spend 2 percent of their nations’ gross domestic product on defense. Only four NATO nations meet that threshold: the U.S., Britain, Greece and Estonia.
Komorowski said that Poland would raise its defense budget to 2 percent of GDP in 2016 and would encourage other members to increase defense spending as well.
So the other 24 Nations fail in this.

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By: SaveRMiddle http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/28/trump-wants-to-leave-u-s-allies-in-the-lurch/#comment-1129510 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 20:11:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=47199#comment-1129510 Name once when the US taxpayer hasn’t funded foreign “friendships”…..most often involving weapons.

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By: Whipsplash http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/28/trump-wants-to-leave-u-s-allies-in-the-lurch/#comment-1129509 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:48:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=47199#comment-1129509 Trump, our allies hate him, our enemies love him, why do our enemies know he’s the worst possible thing that could happen to the United States but his supporters don’t have a clue. Latest news from trumps corrupt campaign is his campaign manager is arrested for battery. Get a clue people.

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By: ArghONaught http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/28/trump-wants-to-leave-u-s-allies-in-the-lurch/#comment-1129468 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:56:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=47199#comment-1129468 Yvo_Kerwar, the US is under no obligation to spend more on military than the next 9 or 10 countries COMBINED. Ever wonder why the paranoia?

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By: ArghONaught http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/28/trump-wants-to-leave-u-s-allies-in-the-lurch/#comment-1129467 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:54:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=47199#comment-1129467 Trump is an intellectual void playing stupid conservative/right wing Americans for what they are.

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By: DavidHume http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/28/trump-wants-to-leave-u-s-allies-in-the-lurch/#comment-1129464 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:18:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=47199#comment-1129464 Y’all know that the Libya mess started out with Italy and France making a grab for the Libyan oil fields. We avoided getting involved, Obama refused to move an aircraft carrier to the Med. When the whole thing turned into a mess they couldn’t managed, we got involved and inherited a problem. Roll back the clock to the ’90s, and recall that the Dutch army was in close proximity to Srebrenica and did NOTHING while the people there got slaughtered. OUR NATO ALLIES ARE WORTHLESS, AND HAVE BEEN FOR A LONG TIME.

Last month ‘internationalist Democrat’ Obama was also complaining about our freeloading ‘friends’. Before him, Bush II was pulling our army out of Germany, and before him Clinton was pulling the Navy out of the Med.

We spend >3% of our GDP every year on defense, and have for over 70 years. Last year most of our NATO ‘allies’ spent less than 1% of theirs on defense. Then they got overrun by illegal immigrants, and now have no clue or mechanism to deal with the problem. Now they want us and the NSA to bug their cell phones (but only for dangerous Islamists, who they are completely unable to identify or track), next they will beg the 6th Fleet to move back to Piraeus.

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By: catman1 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/28/trump-wants-to-leave-u-s-allies-in-the-lurch/#comment-1129455 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:11:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=47199#comment-1129455 would you prefer America last?

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By: Neurochuck http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/28/trump-wants-to-leave-u-s-allies-in-the-lurch/#comment-1129454 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:05:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=47199#comment-1129454 There is a consistency to a billionaire developer running the State Department and the Defense Department as profit making subsidiaries. Good for a comedy satire, but already “protected” nations have to pay by purchases from defense contractors and supplied levee troops for “boots in the ground” in Afghanistan and Iraq, and vote the right way at the UN, and comply with financial blockades, etc.
As the author mentions, protectionism and isolationism have a history and a rationale, and may happen. Deals can help, like if you need a local drug dealer …
But the headline may become “Allies leave Trump and US as they lurch”

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By: Solidar http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/28/trump-wants-to-leave-u-s-allies-in-the-lurch/#comment-1129453 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 22:49:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=47199#comment-1129453 GetReel, you know that NATO is not the UN, right? Russia and China and Iran are in the UN. You…. know those guys are not in NATO, right?

Focus :)

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