President Trump will be winging his way to Europe next week, reportedly to demand that the leaders of the majority of NATO member nations start kicking-in their previously agreed upon 2 percent of their GDP to their NATO commitment.
To date, only the United States, the United Kingdom, Greece and Estonia have paid their dues in full.
In fact, it’s been the US that’s been doing all the heavy lifting.
Despite the US being just a single member, American taxpayer pays between one-fifth to one-fourth the total operating costs to protecting Europe from a possible Russian invasion.
Just in Fiscal Year 2010 alone, the United States dropped nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars on NATO ($711.8 million).
The number of American troops permanently stationed in Europe is usually between 60,000 – 65,000.
In the meantime, the EU has nearly 2 million active duty personnel in uniform.
At least on paper, the other 28 member nation of NATO are suppose to fight with the United States against the decades-old fear of an invasion from the Soviet Union/Russia.
Despite the American largess, the powers to be in Berlin, Paris, London and all the other leaders of the EU (European Union) have decided to stand-up their own EU military.
But the EU’s secret plan is just don’t call it a military.
Not to be confused with the Justice League or the Legion of Doom, the EU army shall be known forevermore as the European External Action Service (EEAS).
Even our stalwart British allies, who voted to leave the EU not all that long ago, have verified they’ll saddle-up with Team Euro Excitement Squad (or whatever the hell they’re called).
In spite of the EU swearing up and down they have no intention of starting a standing army for the European, there are 18 “Battlegroups”. Examples include;
- The Nordic Battlegroup (Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Ireland and Norway)
- Battlegroup 42 (United Kingdom, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden and the Netherlands)
- The Balkan Battlegroup (Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus and Ukraine)
- Visegrád Battlegroup (Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine)
Speaking strictly for myself, if the member nations of the EU so desire to create their own armed forces, that’s their call. But for the life of me, I just don’t understand why we continue to pump billions of dollars for the defense of Europe, especially in light that the Berlin Wall came down decades ago.
Maybe President Trump will fix that once and for all.