Remember when Donald Trump used to get ovations when he said Europe should pick up more of the tab for their own defense? From Doug Bandow at antiwar.com:
Other NATO Members Should Pay Up After Cheap Riding on US for Decades
President Joe Biden continues to spend with wild abandon. His latest plan to ensure Uncle Sam’s coming bankruptcy is to propose $33 billion “in security, economic, and humanitarian aid” for Ukraine.
Why the US? Americans have spent nearly eight decades protecting Europe. European governments, after shamelessly leeching off US taxpayers for the entire Cold War and beyond, should take the lead on underwriting their neighbor under assault from Russia.
Playing to the American people’s emotions rather than protecting their interests, President Joe Biden intoned: “We either back the Ukrainian people as they defend their country, or we stand by as the Russians continue their atrocities and aggression in Ukraine.” Yet the president’s purported concern is selective. Washington has spent more than seven years supporting murderous Saudi and Emirati aggression against Yemen and initiated its own destructive war of choice against Iraq in 2003.