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Mattis Warns NATO: You Need to Pay Up

Europe learns that it’s free ride is over. And guess what? They’ll pay, just, finally someone is telling them to.

From the Washington Examiner:

On his way over to NATO headquarters, the soft-spoken but hard-nosed Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he would be mostly listening to concerns of his fellow defense ministers. But when he got to the table in Brussels yesterday, he delivered a stark warning to the 23 member nations who aren’t paying what they should. “America will meet its responsibilities,” Mattis said. “But if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance, each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defense.”

It’s not as though the NATO nations didn’t see it coming. President Trump has been harping on the fact that, of the 28 alliance members, only five (U.S.,UK., Greece, Poland and Estonia) spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.

9 Responses to Mattis Warns NATO: You Need to Pay Up

  1. Greece ??! Greece is totally bankrupt. They borrow money again and again and again. Are they spending 2 % on defense ?? Well, well, I don´t know what to think here……

      • Well, Greece has no defense against the migrant-trafficking across the Meditterranean. That “defense” is urgent. Could NATO perhaps help ? I would say that Europes biggest problem right now is to handle the migrant crisis. We have the enemy within our borders.

        • Exactly! As much as the US needs to secure our border, even more do the European nations need to secure theirs! I have read that some European countries have reinstituted their own border control crossings in contravention of the Schengen Agreement due to the dire situation with the migrants.

          • That´s true, Sarah. My own country has done that for example. We used to have open borders visavi Denmark. Not anymore. 2015 and 2016 migrants arrived like armies, like human avalanches, so border control was the only thing to do , even for our politically correct government.

  2. Didn’t know where to post this, but I found the State Department’s actions baffling…is it still being run by Obama??

    “While President Trump’s refugee freeze is tied up in the courts, the State Department has sped up acceptance of newcomers from the Middle Eastern terrorist havens targeted by the freeze.”