March 31, 2008

AT LEAST WHEN IT BECOMES ISLAMIC IT WILL BE DISARMED:

A Euro-army is fantasy land. We need our American ally (Martin Kettle, 3/29/08, The Guardian)

For years now, Nato nations have been committed to reach a minimum defence spending target of 2% of GDP. Yet 20 of them, including Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, have fallen far short. Among the six that have reached the target, the shares of four (including Britain and France) are in decline. Inevitably, that means the US carries ever more of the load and becomes ever more sceptical about taking Europe seriously.

For years also, European nations have talked about the importance of avoiding duplication in equipment and weapons. But the talk has largely remained just that. It is barmy that Europeans have four different models of tank, compared with America's one; 16 different types of armoured vehicles as against America's three; or 11 types of frigate to America's one. Once again, Europe's failure highlights the US predominance.


These are the trivial featherweights the Democrats want us to defer to?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2008 12:02 PM
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Does anyone know if our National Guard is calculated in our defense budget or is it in itself, another military operating budget on top of our defense budget?

Posted by: KRS at March 31, 2008 5:58 PM
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