While support for defending a major NATO ally against a hypothetical attack from Russia has risen in the United States by a notable 6 percentage points, it’s actually dropped in the United Kingdom and Spain.
According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, in the United States support rose from 56 percent in 2015 to 62 percent in 2017, whereas in the U.K. it dropped from 49 percent to 45 percent, and in Spain it plummeted from 48 percent to 46 percent.
That’s concerning, though not quite as much as the pathetically low support rating found in Germany, where only 40 percent of the nation’s citizens currently believe their government should intervene on behalf of an ally in case of an attack.
This is just plain shocking, especially given the powerful role German Chancellor Angela Merkel plays in the European Union, where her demands for open borders for refugees and migrants has wrought an abundance of problems for the region.
It’s important U.S. President Donald Trump keep these sentiments in mind when he meets with NATO leaders Thursday in the Belgian capital of Brussels.
The meeting will reportedly revolve around “Washington’s commitment to the military alliance that has defined western political unity for nearly seven decades, and military contributions from the rest of its members,” as noted by USA Today.
The former concern should be entirely contingent on the latter, in that the amount of support the United States provides should be dependent on whether its NATO allies — particularly Spain, Germany and the U.K. — at least fulfill their pledges to increase their respective defense spending.
As for the president, he is slated to himself endorse NATO’s mutual defense pledge Thursday, according to The New York Times, though it remains unclear if he will make any demands before issuing the vow. As patriots who care about America’s national security, we certainly hope he does.
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