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Germany must up defence spending,
relying on U.S. "offensive" - U.S. envoy

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 8/11/2019 4:55:45 AM

BERLIN - Germany's reluctance to spend more on defence and its continued reliance on U.S. troops for protection is offensive, Richard Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany said on Friday. Grenell's comments signal U.S. President Donald Trump's impatience with Germany's failure to raise defence spending to 2% of economic output as mandated by the NATO military alliance. "It is offensive to assume that the U.S. taxpayers continue to pay for more than 50,000 Americans in Germany but the Germans get to spend their (budget) surplus on domestic programmes," Grenell told the dpa news agency.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: worried 8/11/2019 6:04:14 AM (No. 148793)
Time to get out of Western Europe! They don't want us there anyway, so let's take our money and go. Let them stew in their own juice; we don't need them, either. We should pay more attention to Eastern Europe - Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, etc. They appreciate us for protecting them from Russia. They are true friends.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Cindiana 8/11/2019 7:45:53 AM (No. 148846)
Amb. Grenell continues to impress He is so soid, polished, and well-spoken, always a cut above I wish we had many more of him.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: anniebc 8/11/2019 8:56:24 AM (No. 148930)
"Germany's fiscal plans foresee the defence budget of NATO's second-largest member rising to 1.37% of output next year before falling to 1.24% in 2023." How long must we continue this conversation? Germany's still not paying their fare share, and that woman leader's still talking trash about PDT all the time, and they're not even close to their 2%? The ones with the biggest mouths and the largest welfare state get away with not paying while everyone else has to pay. Our troops are there protecting them, and we get what out of this deal? "It's offensive"? That's all we got?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: MDConservative 8/11/2019 10:33:03 AM (No. 149024)
The Euros have now fully recovered from the devastation of WW2 and have turned back the threat of Communist Russia - decades ago. The USA needs to now take on the defense of the alliance's western flank as its exclusive mission, and leave the "Eastern Front" to the Euros. It is their continent.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: DVC 8/11/2019 10:40:34 AM (No. 149032)
The Germans have become a sad group of leftists. Reunification with East Germany brought in millions and millions of real communists, and folks to whom communism was all they ever knew. That an East German like Merkel could be their leader is a sad commentary. For three or four generations or longer, containing the militaristic instincts of Prussia, which became the heart of Germany, has been a world-wide effort. And now, that has vanished to the point that they won't really do anything significant for their own defense. Their military is essentially hopeless due to understaffing and underfunding. Even their low numbers of war-fighting machines, tanks, aircraft, etc are deceptive since a large portion of them cannot fight, broken down for lack of spare parts.
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