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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 month ago

Why is the USA practically the only one paying into NATO? Why do we even still have NATO?

People often ask why the USA has a huge military budget and can't use some of that money instead at home on social programs for Americans. It's because America has to defend other nations who refuse to defend themselves. Nations like Germany can afford free college and other perks for its white citizens because it doesn't have to invest much in its own army. They stick the USA military and taxpayers with the job of defending Germany. All while Americans are deprived of free college, medicare for all, etc.

I understand that at one time NATO was essential. The USSR was huge and threatened to spread. Europe was also divided. However, the USSR no longer exists and European nations are more united under the EU. Europe should be able to defend itself instead of mooching off of American tax payers and funding their social programs at our expense. The USA can keep investing in NATO but Europe needs to pay its fair share instead of leaving the burden on America.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Most of our "defense" budget doesn't go to defending any nations.  It's mandated by Congress that the military buy a lot of stuff that it doesn't need so that the companies selling it can make money or the workers making it can have jobs.  We are the ones paying for it, because the only benefit is economic, and we are the only ones getting that benefit.  They should not have to pay for what is basically a welfare program. 

  • 1 month ago

    Rubbish the UK also pays into NATO

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The US wanted to be able to project force anywhere in the world. That's the defining characteristic of a superpower. Having military bases around the world makes that much, much easier.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    wrong again the UK always pays its Bills

    and if the USA chooses to be the Bully on the Block then they choose to pay the Bills for those that refuse to pay

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  • 1 month ago

    ALL NATO countries pay in to NATO!  It is just that the USA has a larger annual military spending than the next dozen countries combined.  It would be better to ask why the USA spends so much on it's military.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    So right off the bat you seem to express a misunderstanding.  The US and other allies do not "pay into NATO".  There are some joint expenses such as maintaining the NATO headquarters in Belgium, but that's not the issue which Trump has been talking about and which has had a bunch of discussions over the last few years.  That issue is about how much countries spend on their own military.  Under the Obama administration, NATO came to an agreement that every member should spend at least 2% of their GDP on defense by IIRC 2024.  As of now only something like five member states meet that threshold (including the US, UK, and oddly enough Estonia).  But this is not money "paid into" any sort of general fund.  It's money which each country is supposed to spend on their own military.  The US is perfectly able to draw down our military spending if we wanted.  But whenever the issue comes up people vote to keep spending gobs of money on the military.  We have military resources overseas to help defend our allies, but also to project our own power abroad.  For example, US military bases in Europe have been vital resources as we project our power into the Middle East to fight the War on Terror.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Russia took over Crimea and is currently trying to take control of Ukraine. 

  • 1 month ago

    I have been saying that for years. The USA needs to decrease it's military foot print in Europe. And you know who has given me the biggest objections? Liberals. I don't get it. These people are historically ant-war.  And the modern left today is criticizing Trump for wanting to get the hell out of Afghanistan. This is f-cking crazy.  

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