The Obama administration kowtowed to NATO for 8 long years and because of that, taxpayers of the United States shouldered a disproportionately large bill of responsibility for keeping the organization funded, oiled and ready to roll.
As one could have predicted, the “Mad Dog” general, our new Secretary of Defense, had no plans of letting NATO raid American coffers to pay the bills. He just sent them a message that surely turned more than a few heads…
RT has the story:
US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivered an ultimatum to NATO allies during a visit to Europe – increase their military spending, or see America “moderate its commitment” to the alliance.
“I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States, and to state the fair demand from my country’s people in concrete terms,” Mattis said.
America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to the alliance, each of your capitals needs to show its support for our common defense.”
“No longer can the American taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defense of western values,” Mattis said. “Americans cannot care more for your children’s security than you do. Disregard for military readiness demonstrates a lack of respect for ourselves, for the alliance, and for the freedoms we inherited, which are now clearly threatened.”
BREAKING: Pentagon chief Mattis tells NATO allies to increase defense spending by year’s end or US will `moderate its commitment’
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 15, 2017
The remarks were delivered during a closed-doors meeting with NATO defense ministers in Brussels, and provided to reporters traveling with the new Pentagon chief.
Folks, I don’t know about you, but hearing my Secretary of Defense take a bold stand for Americans on a world stage is beyond refreshing. It’s been a LONG time since we’ve had anything like that happen.
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