Interesting discussions at the NATO meeting today. He who has no name scolded everyone saying they do not meet the NATO agreed 2% of GDP spend on defence & should match the USA with its 4% of GDP.
USA spends 3.5% (official NATO figures), UK spend is 2.1% & are in a group of only 5 nations meeting the 2% target compared to 23 nations below 2%. So in all fairness USA has every right to be concerned with so many other members not meeting the agreed 2% target.
My immediate thought however is that USA has two principle defense area's, North Atlantic & Asia Pacific, plus a few dollars for Caribbean Central America; so its seems to me that at only half the USA defense budget spend should be allocated to NATO & as such USA's NATO contribution is 1.75%. ................ anyone disagree??
We all have "Global" commitments, particularly the UK and France. The USA isn't unique in this sense.
The proportion of the UK defence funding that might be allocated to NATO might well be significantly less than its 2.1%. Ditto France.
But once politicians get their hands on the figures and "explain" them to the press, who in turn "report" them to us.............well, who knows what's what !!