This was a line drawn on iron, not sand. Truman was a veteran of World War I and no fan of the Germans, but he would be damned if he let the communists take over.
So we provided cover while West Germans cleaned up the ruble, and we bought their crappy products which led to the "economic miracle" in Germany, just as there was an "economic miracle" in Italy, and an "economic miracle" in Japan.
We posted troops there to keep the Soviets out of Heidelberg. We even sent Elvis at the height of his career.
The agreement was West Germany and the rest of the NATO allies would devote 2 percent of their GDP to defense.
NATO did not end with the fall of the Soviet Union. No, no, no. The Germans wanted those American bases to stay. American soldiers may be barred from certain bars in Fulda back in the day, but by golly they support the Fulda economy.
German has not met its commitment in decades.
Trump just sent them an invoice for U.S. taxpayers covering for Germany.
From the Independent:
Angela Merkel will reportedly ignore Donald Trump’s attempts to extricate £300 billion [$375 billion] from Germany for what he deems to be owed contributions to Nato.
The US President is said to have had an 'invoice' printed out outlining the sum estimated by his aides as covering Germany's unpaid contributions for defence.
Said to be presented during private talks in Washington, the move has been met with criticism from German and Nato officials.
While the figure presented to the Germans was not revealed by either side, Nato countries pledged in 2014 to spend two per cent of their GDP on defence, something only a handful of nations – including the UK, Greece, Poland and Estonia – currently do.
But the bill has been backdated even further to 2002, the year Mrs Merkel’s predecessor, Gerhard Schröder, pledged to spend more on defence.Pay up, you chiselers.
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