By Jason Taylor
In the immediate aftermath of World War II, it was necessary for the US to maintain a wartime footing to defend a devastated Europe against the threat of the Soviet Union, which led to the formation of NATO. When the threat from the USSR diminished during the 1970s and 1980s, most of our allies reduced their investment in the military.
True democracies put a priority on meeting the needs of their citizens, including education, health care, and subsidies for the poor. True democracies wisely invest just enough in the military to deter and combat external enemies, and no more. By contrast, autocracies put a low priority on meeting the needs of their citizens, and invest heavily in the military, which makes the leaders feel powerful, and protects them against their own citizens. Because Donald Trump has both the emotional maturity and the governing style of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un expect him to continue to complain about the need for military expansion in both the US and NATO.
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