French President Emmanuel Macron recently said NATO is in a “state of brain death.” But is that so? The numbers show that, on the contrary, the military treaty is stronger than ever. But they are changing the rules of the game and perhaps that is what bothers some European Union leaders and mainstream media.
It is worth mentioning that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created to protect Western Europe, with the support of the United States and free countries, from the danger posed by the Soviet Union.
It was agreed that to finance the deployment of a military force each country would be required to commit to a certain percentage of its GDP (at the 2014 Welsh summit, for example, it was agreed to allocate 2% of the gross product to defense).
However, after the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, and without Moscow’s nuclear threat, Washington continued to allocate a large amount of resources to help its allies, while European countries began to gradually lower their defense spending.
This situation continued until January 2017. Since President Donald Trump took office, he has not ceased to explain how the partners of the European Union have benefited in recent years from the substantial contributions of the United States, in the face of the passive actions of the previous administrations of the White House.
Certainly, Trump’s constant questioning has broken the status quo in Brussels. But at the same time, faced with the evident lack of proportionality between the different contributions to the organization, European nations began to allocate an ever-increasing percentage of their GDP to what is ultimately their own defence.
Big media, allied to the political, economic, and military establishment, has tried to present Trump’s stance as irresponsible, in favor of Russia and as treason to his allies.
It is curious to see how, for example, when former Pentagon chief James Mattis left his post, an MSNBC reporter interrogated him hoping he would speak badly of the White House strategy. However, the former secretary of defense was very clear:
“Quantitatively, NATO is actually stronger today,” admitted Mattis.
This week, President Trump traveled to London to participate in the summit commemorating NATO’s 70th anniversary.
But the context has changed: member countries have already contributed more than $130 billion extra.
And what certainly shows that today’s situation is totally different are the statements of the referents.
While Macron sentenced the military treaty to death, Trump called his words “insulting” after meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
In this scenario, the French president’s words are certainly unfounded, while showing that Macron and other European leaders continue to operate under other interests while Trump really seeks to improve the cooperation of the Western world.