The SECDEF visited Europe recently and told them to stop being deadbeats and up their defense spending instead of making us carry the weight.
This was exactly the WRONG answer.
The Right answer is that each nation decides for itself what its threats are and how much to spend of their own money to offset their threats. Just like we do.
The truth is that the European members of NATO have correctly recognized that they are not at war with anyone and they have no global threats. It is pointlessly stupid for them to spend more on defense than they can justify by the threats.
We don’t see that problem because we have pointlessly chosen to keep out cold war forces on high alert decades after the end of the cold war. We are totally unimaginative in seeing any other way of doing things.
We are not at war with anyone right now. All those people we are fighting will get along just fine without us fighting them. The world will not collapse without the US Navy being everywhere.
China is not our enemy.
Russia is not our enemy.
North Korea is an enemy, but they are a paper tiger that has been left out in the rain too long. They are no serious threat to anyone.
Global communism has failed massively and can only be said to exist in small starving enclaves. In Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea and Africa, all the communists have become indistinguishable from monarchists. China is more Mandarin than communist. Russia has freer markets than we do.
NATO is an archaic vestige of past wars. It was created to stop an enemy that no longer exists. It serves no purpose and it serves that purpose at a huge cost. We should not be telling Europe to contribute to paying that cost. We should be telling them we are going to follow their lead and pay less.
If you hate the UN as a wasteful bureaucracy, you really shouldn’t like NATO either.
If it were up to me, I would invite Russia into NATO, and then pull the USA out of it. I see nothing wrong with the Russia, being part of the great European military alliance, since Europe is in their back yard and they have much more at risk if it fails.
The NATO countries are unwilling to stop real foreign armies from invading them today. Why should they spend their scarce resources to defend against imaginary future enemies?