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canada goose outlet sale Sadly, Germany is not alone. Belgium, where NATO is headquartered, spends just 0.9 percent of GDP on defense and fully one third of its meager defense budget is spent on pensions. European NATO allies have about 1.8 million troops, but less than a third are deployable and just 6 percent for any sustained period. canada goose outlet sale

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canada goose black friday sale This is not a new problem. I was Canada Goose Jackets Outlet at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, and vividly recall how, when it came time to take canada goose black friday sale military action in Afghanistan, only a handful of allies had any useful war fighting capabilities they could contribute during the critical early stages of Operation Enduring Freedom. canada goose uk shop At NATO’s 2002 Prague summit, allies pledged to address these deficiencies by spending at least 2 percent of GDP on defense and investing that money uk canada goose in more usable capabilities. Instead, defense investments by European allies declined from 1.9 percent of GDP in 2000 2004 to 1.7 percent five years later, dropping further to 1.4 percent by 2015. canada goose black friday sale

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canada goose outlet store uk President Barack Obama called NATO allies “free riders,” and President George W. Bush urged allies to “increase their defense investments,” both to little effect. But when Trump refused to immediately affirm that the United States would meet its Article 5 commitment to defend Canada Goose sale a NATO ally, NATO allies agreed to boost spending by $12billion last year. That is a drop in the bucket: McKinsey calculated that allies need to spend $107 billion more each year to meet their cheap canada goose uk commitments. Since polite pressure by his predecessors did not work, Trump is digging in on uk canada goose outlet a harder line: On Thursday he suggested NATO members double their defense spending targets to 4 percent of GDP. canada goose outlet store uk

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goose outlet canada Trump’s hard line also does not signal that he considers canada goose coats NATO irrelevant. If Trump thought NATO was useless, he would not waste his time on it. But if allies don’t invest in real, usable military capabilities, NATO will become irrelevant. An alliance that cannot effectively join the fight when one of its members comes under attack or runs out of munitions in the middle of a military intervention is, by definition, irrelevant goose outlet canada.

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