Opinion | The Wrong Way to Make Allies Pay More
I've lost interest in paying for the Europeans and our other deadbeat allies. The idea that forward bases somehow are good for the US is mostly a lie. They are mostly good for the nations in which we have forward bases. If they are valuable, these nations should be willing to pay the cost and a sweetener to make Americans more likely to continue to offer our support. Instead, these nations continue to cut their military budgets and have successfully stiffed the US for decades on the cost of their protection.
The results of this policy have been to create allies which are identical to 16-year-old children still living in mom's basement. We are 73 years beyond WWII, and our allies have forgotten what military protection is for. They have an idea that they are responsible for the peace they enjoy, but that peace is paid for by American taxpayers and guaranteed by US soldiers.
We need our allies to grow up and begin to accept the realities of living in the real world, not the fantasy world we've let them live in for the past 73 years.
Pretending to have them help out with the costs of their protection is nonsense, they should pay for the full costs from WWII to the present. Trump's proposal is a good start.