Here’s a little explainer tweeting from Robie Gramer, assistant director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security on the source of American “frustration” with NATO. Basically, NATO members are not not pulling their weight, and this one chart shows just how cheap they are:
Yes, Greece and Estonia are spending more as a percentage of GDP than the wealthier nations of Germany, Canada and to a lesser extent, France.
Maybe the U.S. is spending too much. We wonder how cutting our defense budget in half would go over with our NATO allies? Probably not so well as the latest news is that NATO can’t figure out how to pay for the defense forces they announced to counter Putin and Russia:
Come on, NATO — time to star writing some checks.