S*** the President Says – 12/10/2018

Ladies and gentlemen, s*** the president said during the previous week:

    The idea of a European Military didn’t work out because Europe was at war with itself during both world wars.
    He used “i” for WW1 and “2” for WW2.
    The only reason Europe is considering a military agreement without the U.S. is because Trump has convinced them the U.S. cannot be trusted to uphold our NATO Article 5 obligation that an attack on one member requires a response by all.
    Trump keeps citing other countries’ “unfair” lack of military spending to justify threats of not observing Article 5, occasionally citing the 2014 agreement that each NATO member spend 2% of their GDP on defense. What he never mentions is that was a 10-year commitment – each country has until 2024 to reach 2% and they’re making progress.
    Article 5 has been invoked exactly once in NATO’s history – when everyone else came to our aid after 9/11.
    The U.S. does spend way more than any other country on defense, but not all of that goes toward the NATO mission. Most other NATO countries are in Europe where most/all of their defense spending does benefit NATO.
  • I’m out of breath.

Whew, the tweets. As always, follow the links to check out where all the quotes and claims come from, and thanks for reading. See you next week.

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