While spending less than the 2.0% of GDP (1.8%) for its own defense required of NATO member countries, and while riding on the defense spending of the U.S. taxpayer which outlays 70% of the NATO defense expenditures, French Defense Minister Florence Parly on a trip to Washington 'doubts' the United State's commitment to the alliance.
The #NeverTrump, government funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty jumped on the bandwagon in reporting the affair, conveniently leaving out the French defense spending fact.
Florence Parly, speaking at the Atlantic Council in Washington on March 18, said that "what Europeans are worried about is this: Will the U.S. commitment [to NATO] be perennial?" reported RFERL.
"Should we assume that it will go on as was the case in the past 70 years?" Parly asked.
While acknowledging Trump's demands that Europe spend more on shared defense, Parly also said that "the alliance should be unconditional. Otherwise, it is not an alliance, wrote RFERL.
Her comments reflect increasing doubts in Europe about President Donald Trump's commitment to the 70-year-old Western alliance, which was highlighted by U.S. military strength and leadership during the Cold War, RFERL added snarkily.
"NATO's solidarity clause is called Article 5, not article F-35," the French defense chief in a reference to the F-35 jet fighter.
Perhaps France would like its own gas pipeline to Russia as well, to cement its dependence on Russian fuel as Germany has done which only spends 1.2% of its GDP on defense.
The hypocrisy of NATO deadbeats is thick. The participation in this hypocrisy by a government-funded agency is no longer shocking based on the track record. We need new leadership at RFERL.
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