Ironically, while Macron criticizes the US ‘commitment’ to NATO, the US contributes far more than France.
French President Emmanuel Macron says NATO is suffering “brain death,” in comments that are already receiving pushback from other NATO allies.
“What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO,” said Macron, who added, “I don’t know” when asked whether he felt the “collective defense” Article Five of NATO was still in effect.
”(NATO) only works if the guarantor of last resort functions as such. I’d argue that we should reassess the reality of what NATO is in the light of the commitment of the United States,” said Macron.
Macron’s comments are strange, considering that the US contributes far more than France does to NATO. Additionally, it’s very odd that Europe is so dependent on the United States for their defense, considering that Europe’s GDP is nearly 20 times that of Russia, meaning that Europe could easily have a substantial fighting force if they spent even close to 2.0% of GDP on their armed forces.
In fairness, Macron would have been correct if he was criticizing the Trudeau government, who have refused to strengthen our military, meaning Canada makes basically zero contribution to NATO, and is reliant on the US. But, Macron and Trudeau are both pushing a similar elitist message (Macron is horribly unpopular in France), and seem to think that virtue-signalling matters more than tangible investment or action.
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