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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Trump's NATO policy pays off

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg popped by the White House today. According to some press accounts, it was to lecture the president on the imaginary green economy.

Nope, it was to announce her 52 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin. The price is about $10 billion. Delivery began in November.

You see, Norway is upping its military budget to meet its NATO obligation to spend at least 2% of its gross domestic product on defense.

Just like Trump said NATO allies should.

Back in May, only five of the 28 NATO allies -- the United States, Britain, Estonia, Greece, and Poland.

The Marxist New York Times denounced President Trump in a starchy editorial:
President Trump’s first NATO meeting was the moment to show that he would honor the example of his predecessors in leading a strong and unified alliance that has been and should remain the anchor of Western security. He failed.
Instead of explicitly endorsing the mutual defense pledge at the heart of the alliance, Mr. Trump lectured the members for falling short on pledges to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic products on the military, much as he had hectored them on this subject during his presidential campaign. There were signs, too, that Mr. Trump and the allies remain at odds over Russia, which is deeply unsettling given mounting questions about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Ah, the quiver of the wattles never fails to amuse me.

But Erna Solberg got the hint.

Her government said in October:
The Norwegian government continues to give priority to the defence sector in its annual budget proposal through a NOK 3 billion increase in 2018. It shows the government’s commitment to increase defence spending every year to meet the ambitions set out in the Long Term Plan “Capable and sustainable” for the defence sector for the years 2017-2020. In a more complex and dangerous world, Norway continues to invest in its Armed Forces.
In developing the Armed Forces capabilities, the government continues to invest in defence in order to achieve the ambitious goals set out in the Long Term Plan for the period 2017–2020. In 2017 we increased the budget with NOK 1,48 billion in order to close identified gaps in maintenance, spare parts and stockpiling. The 2018 budget allows us to continue closing these gaps while simultaneously implementing the second phase of the plan; improved readiness levels, increased manning in our combat units and increased training and exercise levels, stated the minister of defence Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Of the NOK 3 billion increase, over NOK 2 billion are allotted to the measures set forth in the Long Term Plan. In addition, funding for acquisition of three new Coast Guard vessels, participation in international operations and hosting NATOs High Visibility Exercise Trident Juncture in 2018, are provided funding in the budget proposal.
The press release also promised, "A smooth transition from F-16 to F-35 combat aircraft."

You see how that works?

In the old days, the United States would buy them and protect Norway.

It's the 21st century. The Soviet Union is gone. Time for Europe to protect itself.

With American-made planes, of course.


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  1. Do not forget Norway's Viking past. These people can be/are great warriors!

    And the women are generally gorgeous!

    1. I am just glad my Grandfather left that sorry socialist state when he was 16 and came to Montana.

    2. Norway was conquered in 1940, but it did give the Kreigsmarine a shot to the nose when the brand-new heavy cruiser Blucher was sunk.

      -Mikey NTH

  2. It’s the enemies already within the gates that are going to be the ruination of the Western European nations.

  3. The Times and most Democrats could care less about US and NATO security. Why else would they be so offended that a US President finally called out our NATO allies for their twisted priorities. They are delighted to give welfare to marauding Muslim invaders yet have short-changed their defenses for decades.

    "President Trump’s first NATO meeting was the moment to show that he would honor the example of his predecessors in leading a strong and unified alliance that has been and should remain the anchor of Western security. He failed."

    What baloney. Trump has done nothing to endanger our alliance, and his words will surely strengthen it militarily. That is what really angers the Times and their ilk, because Western strength is the last thing they want.

  4. Cheers to Norway and President Trump!

    Norway will now feel like a partner instead of a dependent. I don't care what anyone says, people/countries that have to depend on others always - always - feel resentment towards those they are dependent upon. And it's funny how that resentment also morphs into a sense of entitlement.

    Again, well done, Norway!

  5. Norway is rich from North sea oil. I'm sure it cannot forget the German attack in 1940 as well as the failure of the British fleet to protect it.
    The NYT has become a joke really. What a fall from the high tower it sat on so many years ago.

    1. The NYT hasn't changed. We've just learned that it is now is what it was, and has been for years.