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BC: The American Shakedown

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BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 10.07.18. For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those geopolitical events that are taking place on the geopolitical stage today, we deem it possible to present it to our readers once again. Should it go missing again, you may be confident that you will see it republished by NEO once more, should it still remain relevant by that time.

The American shake down of its allies continues as President Trump and his Defence Minister, James Mattis attend the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11. The Americans are once again complaining that their allies in the NATO war machine don’t contribute enough to NATO, meaning the US, to fight America’s wars. Trump is really saying in so many words, “Pay us tribute or face the consequences.”

The headline in the New York Times of July 3 was,

“Trump Warns NATO Allies to Spend More On Defense, or Else.”

The “Or Else” is left to the imagination but the US has already begun to inflict economic damage on its NATO allies with trade tariffs in violation of existing trade agreements and the word trade rules it agreed to abide by, all on the pretext that its allies are, as Trump puts it, “ripping us off.”

Some commentators have claimed that this latest American tantrum about contributions to NATO heralds NATO’s breakup. But they do not remember that the American complaints are almost a ritual and every American president has complained that the US is fronting the bill while its allies get a free ride. But nothing could be further from the truth. We can discuss the agreed sharing of NATO costs as a percentage of GDP and so on but the figures do not give a real picture of what is going on because the numbers are always presented as the expenses of a joint defensive alliance when the reality is that NATO is not a defensive alliance at all.

It is an aggressive military alliance created to serve mainly US interests. Its operations since the early 1990’s have all been US wars in the interests of US and transnational capital. The allied contributions are not for their joint defence against attack but for US planned wars to which they are persuaded to contribute even though the wars serve no national interests of the other NATO member states. In other words, the NATO member states are paying the cost of American wars for American interests and get nothing back in return except, as the American people have, to suffer the misery of their people being impoverished by the wars, and for the Europeans, the flow of war refugees into their countries. So that, in fact, it is the NATO allies that should be demanding compensation from the US for forking out a........

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