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the 2 percent doctrine

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the 2 percent doctrine

president trump flew to brussels with a chip on his shoulder about american versus european defense spending—“nato countries must pay more, the united states must pay less. very unfair!” he griped in a particularly juvenile tweet—and he’s kept up the grousing since his arrival. on a broad level, trump has a point, and he’s hardly alone in making it; every american president in the last 40 years has pushed the european allies to boost their military budgets. but on his specifics, trump is wrong, and dangerously so: he displays no understanding of how nato works, no appreciation for the inherent value of the alliance, and—when it comes to his most solid complaint, the failure of most members to spend 2 percent of their ...