BRUSSELS: Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Gives NATO Allies Two Months To Boost Their Defense Spending

Or else…what? The Associated Press reports:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned NATO allies Friday to boost defense spending or come up with plans to reach the alliance’s budget guidelines within two months. Tillerson, in his first talks with NATO counterparts in Brussels, said that Washington is spending a “disproportionate share” on defense compared with its 27 partners, and that he expects action by the time President Donald Trump meets with other alliance leaders on May 25.

NATO leaders pledged in 2014 to halt defense spending cuts and move toward a guideline target of 2 percent of gross domestic product within a decade. Only four other nations currently meet the target: Britain, Estonia, Greece and Poland. “Our goal should be to agree at the May leaders meeting that by the end of the year all allies will have either met the pledge guidelines or will have developed plans that clearly articulate how, with annual milestone progress commitments, the pledge will be fulfilled,” Tillerson told the ministers.

Tillerson did not say what would happen if European allies and Canada fail to respect their pledges. During election campaigning, Trump suggested that he might not come to the defense of those allies who do not do their fair share, rocking allies near an increasingly aggressive Russia, such as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

  • Todd20036

    Or what, Tiller? Your regime is breaking apart. And in the meantime, Orange Julius is a fucking laughingstock world wide.

    And BTW, you cannot defeat ISIS without help. Seeing as how Trump’s 30 day plan to defeat ISIS rather fell apart.

    • Ross

      I think you meant to write Trump’s “30 day” plan.

    • Jeffg166

      He’s only following the orders he got from Putin.

    • DesertSun59

      DAY ONE. He said he already had a plan and would implement it DAY ONE.

      • clay

        He also said that about urban crime (but not police misconduct).

      • cleos_mom

        And as it turned out, DAY ONE consisted of being furious over the reported size of the Inauguration Day crowds.

        I’m guessing much of D.C. still isn’t over that: Inauguration week is a major, albeit infrequent, retailing season there.

    • > ……………………. https://qurl.pw/HtER

  • Bad Tom

    “Tillerson did not say what would happen if European allies and Canada fail to respect their pledges.”

    He’ll get back to them. He’s fatigued right now from all the saber rattling.

    • lattebud

      And actually have to report to someone after being the king of his destiny for so many years.

  • Silver Badger

    With a bit of luck, the pissant and his gang will be a bad memory by May 25th.

    • David L. Caster

      It’s gonna take a lot of luck to make that happen. Congress is not going to pull its legislative meal ticket down without a fight.

  • S1AMER

    In my lifetime, I’ve seen the United States go from the the honor and generosity of the Marshall Plan to the pettiness and arrogance of Trump and Tillerson.

    And, I fear, I only have to survive a few more years to see even worse than that.

    • Todd20036

      I have hope America will break out of the Nazi shackles it embraced with Trump.

      I have an escape plan if it doesn’t.

      • Acronym Jim

        Canada is going to become so fucking crowded.

        • sam

          I did check into becoming a ex-pat, but in our particular case we would be refused. it’s not all that simple “just to cross the boarder” and then be “accepted” to live in Canada.
          But if there is a will there is a way, so I wish those thinking of it, good luck.

  • Rex

    Better flex your muscle now, it’s not going to mean a damned thing in 3..2..1…

  • Bess Watts

    And the bullying continues…I’m surprised he didn’t have invoices already made up to distribute to the various countries. What an embarrassment.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      It is alleged that Trump had one made up for Merkel and handed it to her privately.

  • Tawreos

    What does Russia gain from this? Do they need an excuse to up their own defense spending or does Putin need NATO looking like the aggressor, Or does Trump just like being a dick to allies?

    • Gustav2

      A diminished NATO leaves Russian aggression be. The old satellite states act as a buffer from the evil west and Russia is saved!

    • Jeffg166

      Russia wants its empire back.

  • Gustav2

    So many swear words, so little time.

    • billbear1961

      Tell me about it!

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  • DaddyRay

    Keeping their promise to help Putin undermine NATO I see

  • ceeenbee

    But, the important thing is, did he let them make eye contact with him while pulling his schoolyard bully routine?

  • Kruhn

    Jesus Christ! So he won’t show up to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s meeting and suck up to Putie, but they’re screaming and bellyaching about money. A freeloading France and Germany is better than them two fighting each other.

    • Gustav2

      And they are increasing their budgets per agreement with Obama, just not meeting the target.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      The weird thing I read about arrogant people is that they don’t want anyone they consider servants or “the little people” to talk to and look at them. It has to be a total power trip.

      • billbear1961

        You’d think it was 1917 or 1817–not 2017!

      • I worked for CEOs as a day job in the 90s and 00s. The only time I ever got this instruction was when Barbra Streisand was coming to an event at a theater where I was working.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          I have heard a few actors demand this on set.

    • Gustav2

      Wait, I thought Streisand was a liberal!

    • zhera

      No eye contact? What the actual fuck!!!

    • Sissy Spacedout

      I hope every NATO rep he’s meeting with is looking in his damned eyes.

      • Bad Tom

        Staring, with hostility.

        • Sissy Spacedout

          Loathing, and that the disdain with which they address him is obvious.

          • billbear1961

            Yes!

    • Bad Tom

      That’s the sort of instruction that would have me fling my badge down on the table, and stalk out the door.

      • billbear1961

        It’s just nuts, Tom–NUTS!!

    • billbear1961

      What the hell is wrong with the FREAK?

      Jesus, it’s just fucking unbelievable!

    • Duh-David

      “Rex, I want you to dismantle the State Department. I’ve run the bestest Trump organization for years, without a State Department. Who needs them. Governors take care of the states.”

    • yes b’y

      Who does he think he is, Sylvester Stallone?

  • Joe in PA

    So Tillerson is running NATO now?

    • zhera

      Previous prime minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg (labor), would not be pleased.

      Edit: Because he’s the general secretary of NATO.

  • Joe in PA

    He’s learned well from Bully-in-chief.

    • PeterC

      Rex had a well rehearsed speech with Dumph before he left home.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I hope by May 25th Trump and his Plague of Idiots are all starting their life sentences in ADX Florence.

    In Prison, no one can hear you Tweet!!!

  • Mordred LeFey

    Because of course the word “ally” doesn’t mean anything anymore. This seems like some kind of sick “pay to play” scheme.

    OK, sure, some countries haven’t hit their pledges yet. But shouldn’t we look at why that is?

    Ever since the “acquisition” of part of Ukraine by Russia, we should be on our guard, not giving people ultimatums that end with us pulling our military support.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Go get ’em Vlad… I mean Rex…

  • Ross

    “Washington is spending a ā€œdisproportionate shareā€ on defense compared with its 27 partners”

    This is the price to pay for being world’s biggest bully.

    • PeterC

      And no problem for the USA; just take money out of health care, US infrastructure, and other normal items it’s people need for a “good life”.

    • clay

      “Washington is spending a ā€œdisproportionate shareā€ on defense compared with its 27 partners”

      So, then, the Pentagon does NOT need that extra Trump inked into his skinny budget.

  • billbear1961

    You don’t threaten ALLIES in a body which has kept the PEACE in Europe since the end of WWII, you useless FUCK!!

    Is Putin PLEASED with you, you goddamned amateur NOBODY?!

    You and your master, another Putin PUPPET, are DESTROYING the State Department and putting the stability of EUROPE at RISK!!

    TRAITORS–BOTH OF YOU!!

    How much OIL MONEY is Putin putting in your pocket?!

  • Jeffrey

    I believe that this story that broke last night will turn into the next scandal. A Trump protege runs it and James Woolsey, a campaign advisor to Trump and Haley Barbour are on the board. The FBI isn’t raiding for nothing
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-30/fbi-agents-visit-office-of-saipan-casino-run-by-trump-protege

  • barrixines

    Tell you what, Europe will just knock it off your bill for taking care of the refugee crisis your imperial adventures caused.

    • billbear1961

      Excellent point!!

    • Dazzer

      To an extent, that’s what the Germans have told the USA. The Germans regard war refugees as a part of their defence budget.

      Other countries count their international aid budgets as being a part of overall defence strategy.

    • Scott MB

      So should China follow suit and demand repayment of the trillions of dollars we owe them? How would you deal with that Tillerson and Orange Boy?

  • PickyPecker
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I want Tillerson bounced so hard. And if there’s a mysterious accident for failing Putie . . . I’m not crying.

    • Todd20036

      And NO DAMNED RECORDINGS OF IT!!!!!

  • ceeenbee

    I believe their response was the same as Angela Merkel’s to the tiny fingered, cheeto-faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon ā€” “Ja, die Kontrolle wird in der Mail die Sie ungehalten Piss ant.”

  • the MIC is always hungry for money. but right now, if i were a euro leader, i’d be doing the opposite of whatever the drumpf campaign says i should. i think in the end, even putie will regret getting into be with him; everything he touches turns to shit.

    • Beagle

      I would hope that the members of NATO are making progress toward meeting the 2024 goals. That said, I suspect someone may soon learn that foreign governments don’t react well to ultimatums (ultimata?)

    • -M-

      If I were Germany I’d be encouraging France and England to build more nuclear ICBMs.

  • blackstar

    *trumps gonna try to start a war to try to distract us from all the stuff coming down. I don’t think he will be in office long enough to follow through on it .

    • billbear1961

      He can’t handle things as they are!

      Can you imagine him in the midst of a military or financial or environmental CRISIS??

  • j.martindale

    Grandstanding.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I’m hoping that the foreign leaders are calling the GOP leaders and going “You said he’d be gone soon. Well, I want him gone SOONER, assholes!”

    • billbear1961

      ^^This!!^^

  • j.martindale

    Better idea. How about the U.S. just cutting its defense spending, and putting that money into Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare?

    • Gustav2

      Then the terrorists have won. /s

      • Sissy Spacedout

        Seriously, though.

        Haven’t they?

        • billbear1961

          They are winning when a monstrosity like Trump SQUATS in the Oval Office!!

        • olandp

          They won the day George W. Bush signed The Patriot Act.

    • PickyPecker
    • blackstar

      Good idea, we have more than enough with what we have. and when we need more money we can just make it then and deal with it later.

      • David Walker

        “How can I be overdrawn? I still have some checks.”

    • billbear1961

      Yes, it doesn’t have to be as high as it is; but we must maintain our oldest alliances, and NATO is essential to that and to world stability.

      We have treaty obligations and must show we are a reliable, a steadfast ally, especially in Europe, one of the world’s most important citadels of western democracy!

      It is in our own self-interest, and it is a question of HONOUR.

      • ColdCountry

        Small problem. Trump has no honor.

    • Cackalaquiano

      Why do that when we can just cut SS and the others and give tax breaks to the rich?? s/

    • JCF

      …and the Arts! (NEA/NEH)

  • Michael R
    • Todd20036

      Mediocrity: Because even if you screw up, you still get paid.

    • billbear1961

      Needed to get back to the goddamned golf course, or in THIS traitor’s case, the oil fields!!

  • Stogiebear

    “Nice mutual protection treaty you got there. Be a pity if something happened to it.”

    • Sissy Spacedout

      Damn shame one of the NATO members seems to have become an agent of Russia. Who could possibly be that treacherous?

  • Boreal

    Each day of this shitshow, I curse the rubes who voted for this and hope for their early deaths.

    • lattebud

      And for the ones that blindly still support him and his regime, I curse them more.

      • DesertSun59

        Indeed. The rubes are the actual problem. It’s their continued support for the uneducated moron in the WH that will lead to our ultimate downfall. They quite literally don’t care that empire is about to collapse.

    • cleos_mom

      But not so early that they don’t have to suffer the consequences of the choice they made — after frequent and abundant warnings.

  • zhera

    Seeing as NATO is between European countries and USA and Canada, it’s obvious that any war or military action will happen on European soil. I think that’s the main reason why USA is part of NATO in the first place: Keep the wars AWAY from US soil.

    I reckon that should cost the USA and Canada quite a bit of money.

    • billbear1961

      This TRAITOROUS regime doesn’t give a DAMN if Russia gobbles up HALF of Europe and installs pro-Russian FASCIST regimes in the west, where true democracies–some of the OLDEST on the planet, who are our NATURAL and among our oldest allies–have long prospered!

      They don’t care if we become an isolated BACKWATER, and INTEND to undermine and destroy genuine democracy HERE, as well–all with the goal of enriching themselves beyond the dreams of avarice, at the PEOPLE’S expense, like that bloated and murderous Russian PARASITE in the Kremlin!!

  • Hue-Man
    • billbear1961

      I do not THINK so!

    • billbear1961

      Although, yes, it’s what he and Drumpf expect; that is, IF their intention isn’t actually to DESTROY the alliance for PUTIN!!

    • cleos_mom

      White House Occupants and their lackeys are as subject to wet dreams as anyone else.

  • stuckinthewoods

    There was an excellent PBS program called “American Umpire” on the history of US defense policy broadcast here last night. Many rational people (shown in the link) were making a case similar to trumpet’s (which was a tad scary but apparently we’ve been asking for this for a while). Historically we were unwilling to become involved overseas, which changed with the Truman Doctrine after WWII and has been the case ever since. We spend more on world defense than the next 28 countries combined. Read at least the intro:
    http://www.americanumpire.com/#home

    • Hue-Man

      it’s not defense – it’s the Department of War.

      • stuckinthewoods

        I understand. The program points out that it has been global war prevention by acting as umpire/policeman. The program also points out the US’s wrong-headed interventions such as Iraq and the need to not get involved in everything.

  • Sissy Spacedout

    Do you* really think you’re the boss of the world?

    *by you, I mean your nation’s leadership.

    Your allies will be polite about this for a time, but then you’ll get one hell of a slap when it’s appropriate. This is nothing more than an attempt to break up the alliance. There might be an argument in favour of doing that, but to do it by being an asshole supreme?

    Someone needs to kick that man in the truffles.

    • carrot festival

      Shitgibbon already ate his truffles. With ketchup.

    • Smartypants

      It’s a foolish and short-sighted attitude when you consider the only time the mutual aid clause kicked in was when all NATO allies stood with the U.S. and invaded Afghanistan after 9/11.

      • Sissy Spacedout

        Yes, how much was our blood worth then?

        I served in a NATO armed forces, can I tell you how offensive this thug is? Got a few hours?

  • Goggles

    Don’t mind me, I’ll be over here waiting for any mainstream media outlet or US politician to point out Washington is spending a ā€œdisproportionate shareā€ on defense compared to any programs that will actually benefit the American people at home and that the actual solution is to have the US spend far, far less and not for allies to spend more.

    • Beagle

      I hope you have a good book to pass the time while you wait.

  • Dazzer

    Tillerson is going to come out of this with a black eye.

    He doesn’t seem to understand that different countries use different allocations to make up their defense budgets. For example, Germany includes a substantial part of budget for re-settling refugees in its defense budget.

    Different countries use different interpretations of what consists of defence – as Tillerson is about to discover.

    The man is clearly a moron.

    • billbear1961

      The bastard thinks of nothing but getting his goddamned claws on oil money!

      He’s allowing the State Department to become a GHOST of what is was!!

      This regime of greedy sellout degenerates endangers the national security and the PEACE of the WORLD!!

    • clay

      and then there’s those pesky fiscal years and budget calendars set by Parliaments, rather than singular executives. . .

      Two months? try two years.

    • TexasBoy

      “The man is clearly a moron.”

      You just summed up the entire Trump administration.

      • cleos_mom

        When you add the people who voted for it, it’s a matched set.

      • charemor

        Do you mean a “moran”?

    • cleos_mom

      Another thing he doesn’t appear to clearly understand is that the other NATO members are not colonies of the US.

  • Kelly Lape

    What better way to prove the Trump administration isn’t Putin’s puppet than carrying out pro Russian policies. Good Job Secretary Handupme.

  • OdieDenCO

    tillerson get a clue. Our allies read the news and have their own intelligence sources. they and the American people know donny is headed for a fall. Your threats are laughable.

    • billbear1961

      I hope so!

      For the sake of OUR democracy and democracy WORLDWIDE!!

  • That two months must refer to the remaining timeframe of the Trump Administration and his own freedom from incarceration.

    • Bj Lincoln

      We can hope.

      • billbear1961

        Hear, hear!!

  • DesertSun59

    Jesus H. Christ. This is TREASON.

    • billbear1961

      It IS!!

  • DaveMiller135

    Maybe the US should stop trying to be protective big brother/policeman/wealthy uncle to the world, but we shouldn’t stop because the hyper-wealthy and corporations don’t want to pay taxes. Want to Make America Great Again? Be willing to pay for it.

  • TrollopeReader

    Accdg to a WaPo article last night, certain department staff have been instructed to “not make eye contact’ with the secretary (assuming one sees him in the building) … the US is *not* XOM … and he does not seem to understand several hundred years of diplomatic history …

  • Mark McGovern

    Really, the NATO budget should be what the members can afford. USA spends more money on defense because of its vast worldwide capitalist interests. And that’s fine, it’s up to the USA. I just don’t get what the point of life is if all we do is spend our treasure on defense. Defend what? Sick unhappy meaningless fearful lives? I for one am not interested in determining our county’s defense budget on the basis of the consequences of unhappiness votes from the American rust and bible belts.

    • -M-

      They are NOT behind on funding NATO, much as Putin’s puppets Donnie and Rex like to give that impression.

      The tiny kernel of truth behind this giant misrepresentation is not all are spending at least 2% of their GDP on their military budget as agreed. I don’t see that as an immediate crisis to be screaming about since none of them seem unprepared for self defense. Although given that the US has gone insane a European mutual defense military buildup seems advisable.

  • SDG

    Seriously? This isn’t some board meeting… you just can’t order the “little folks” to do your bidding.

    • TexasBoy

      It is the mindset of the 1%, and has been for decades.
      “Only the little people pay taxes.” – Leona Helmsley 1990

  • cleos_mom

    They’d better pony up. Wouldn’t want il Douche to launch a Twitter attack.

  • Superman

    The gay community picks its battles and Tillerson isn’t an enemy. He has enough of a pro-gay record to be called trusted. So there are a lot of bizarre challenges and arguments and hysteria running thru these comments. And I guess most people don’t think a lot about Nato. But the United States pays a lot to defend Europe. And Americans would like us to spend less on the military, less abroad, and to have less waste so we can spend more on domestic problems like health care. So Tillerson is telling Nato countries to pony up, spend the amount they have agreed to spend, and stop leeching off American taxpayers. After all, we have no obligation to fully fund Nato ourselves. And it is Europe that sees Putin land grabbing Crimea and Eastern Ukraine with his fingers poking into Moldova and Finland and his eyes on Norway. For commenters to shrilly cry “what can Tillerson do” to enforce his demand that Nato nations contribute their pledged amounts, surely you realize we have vast discretion where to defend militarily. We didn’t lift a finger for the Crimea. Which Nato countries will receive military battalions in case of aggression? Which will be forward battlegrounds likely to lose cities to missiles? Which country will be required to provide conscripted front line troops? Tillerson speaks truth to these allies.

    • cleos_mom

      In 9 years, this was your first post?

      • GayOldLady

        The Kremlin activated him.

    • canoebum

      Excuse me, of all the Fortune 500 companies, it was ExxonMobil which year after year refused to implement a company-wide non-discrimination policy for its LGBT employees, despite a resolution for just such a measure being introduced at stockholder meetings repeatedly. The board of directors always voted it down. Please take your pink-washing bullshit someplace else. We’re not buying it. And as to NATO, Tillerson is busy doing Putin’s work. They didn’t give him the Order of Friendship for nothing.

    • GayOldLady

      Kremlin Warning…..Kremlin Warning. This is the exact sort of thinly veiled anti NATO comment that Russia is employing to undermine both NATO and the EU. Doesn’t mention that while the U.S. PARTNERS to protect Europe it also protects the U.S. and dramatically reduces the chances of another war in Europe. It keeps our European allies United in a commitment to a Free Europe and maintains the status of the U.S. as the Leader of the Free World. Russia would like nothing more than to see NATO and the EU begin to deteriorate because their goal is to reconstitute their Empire. The concept of a Free Europe is as much in the interest of the U.S. as it is Western Europe. The danger to Europe today is the same as it’s been since the end of WWII, Russian aggression.

      • David Milley

        This!

      • Halou

        To that I would add that the “Free World” was only taken seriously by it’s rivals because it was made up of many nations that were united despite (perhaps in some cases because of) their diversity, and because it put things like human rights above financial interests. Impoverished and oppressed people around the world, and their oppressors, used to know that we were willing to fight for what is right in faraway parts of the world no matter the costs.
        Now what do they expect of us when we refuse to even stand up for ourselves precisely because of how expensive it is?

    • canoebum

      He has a $500 billion deal on the line. Who comes first? US or the fucking money? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/13301c246c1396bf77188e78df3311f3677b77628c4c2716a36ece1c769bcfe2.jpg

    • Dazzer

      And the rest of NATO will point out that the only time when Article 5 of the NATO treaty (Article 5 says that if you attack one of us, you attack us all and we will all respond) has been invoked was when the USA was attacked on 9/11 – and every NATO ally pledged – and delivered – its help.

      You don’t seem to understand how NATO is organised or run – which rather degrades your argument.

    • Halou

      “Which will be forward battlegrounds likely to lose cities to missiles?

      Not the United States, that’s for sure.
      Part of the price we pay for our being in NATO. You might pay the money price but we will, ultimately, pay the blood price. Our homes, our cities, our civilians, all the while you stay safe. In the last year alone how many Europeans have been killed in retaliation for the role we play in your Mid-East interventions?

      But it’s not as if the US president understands such things it’s just money money money to him, like when he demanded that Germany pay, what? $374 billion directly to the US.

    • “And it is Europe that sees Putin land grabbing Crimea and Eastern Ukraine with his fingers poking into Moldova and Finland and his eyes on Norway”

      Putin has lost the Ukraine, and he acted like an organized gangster by stealing what he could, when Russia lost enormous influence with the ousting of Yanukovych, The Ukraine is now tilting to the EU.

      Russia has always had influence on “near abroads” with significant Russian populations like Moldovia. I don’t see Russia “poking” Finland, they are poking Estonia, but if they do in Estonia what they did in the Ukraine, Article V of Nato’s charter will be invoked. Russia isn’t “poking” in Norway, and they have enough issue with the rusting shipyards in the Murmansk Oblast.

      Russia is still an obnoxious bully, but it isn’t the USSR, it is a much weaker country, with a GDP that is probably lower now than South Korea’s or Australia’s GDP.

      I don’t think GDP percentage is that big of a deal, when some of these nations are G-8 nations, where 1% of GDP can buy lots of military hardware and keep trained armed forces.

    • Edmund Allin

      European NATO outspends Russia $236bn to maybe $60bn… the extraordinary level of US spending is associated not just with its commitments in Europe but in Korea, Japan, the Gulf and practically anywhere on the map you can throw a dart at… if European NATO spends as much as the US on defence, it would lessen US influence – how would you feel if the Europeans poured troops into the Middle Eastern oilfields, etc

      Tillerson speaks to his President’s home base, not to his allies.

      http://www.nato.int/nato_static_fl2014/assets/pdf/pdf_2016_07/20160704_160704-pr2016-116.pdf

      And if “Which will be forward battlegrounds likely to lose cities to missiles?” is a question seriously to be asked, oh, yes, a nuclear Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and Turkey sound like fun! (A very large portion of US spending, other than maintaining no less than 800 bases around the world, goes on its nuclear arsenal.) If Germany spent as much of its GDP on defence as Russia, it alone would spend over $170bn. Again, oh, yes, it was such fun when Germany was militarised to the teeth!

    • Helen Damnation šŸ‘ā„¢

      Defending Tillerson because he is supposedly “gay friendly” is a bit of putting the cart before the horse. Sure, if we’re nuked by North Korea it won’t be a big deal; there just won’t be any gays left for him to befriend (or anyone else for that matter).

  • Gerry Fisher

    This is how a bad boss bullies employees. It’s not how political partners treat each other.

  • andrew

    Would that the Trump Administration Russophiles were this tough in actually dealing with our enemies like expansionist Russia.

    • Rambie

      Who do you think it’s pulling Trump’s strings?

  • There are bizarre stories coming out of State today about Tiller. Experienced officials have yet to meet with him and those that have were instructed that they weren’t to look or speak to him. His job is head diplomat. Shame on anyone who defended this appointment. He was obviously dangerously unqualified. What a disaster.

    • Hank

      Where is Hilary when you need her!!!

      • Treant

        Kicking back with a brewsky and muttering, “Fuck you. I love this country, but you people are idiots.”

  • Hank

    I can envision Putin tap dancing about the suckcess of what he has and is paying for!!!
    The fall of the Berlin Wall and the liberation of Eastern Europe from Putin’s USSR is going to be changing due to the BUYING of Hair Drumpf and Company!!!

    • Halou

      tapp*

  • kirtanloorii

    Putin is pleased.

  • Halou

    It doesn’t matter whether other NATO allies honor the 2% pledge much less how they reach that goal, Trump will always find excuses to avoid America having to honor the mutual defense pledge because, y’know, we’ve got to get along well with Russia.

    Poland spends 2% on it’s defense, so naturally the White House weasels out of it’s side of the deal by posting a memo querying the presence of Polish troops across the border with Belarus, as if asking what America can do to crush an American ally in support of a Russian ally.
    Got to get along badly with Poland.

    Germany develops a plan by which it will meet 2% by 2024 as set out in the Wales Summit a few years ago, the same summit which also made it clear that cyber attacks would meet the conditions for an Article 5 response. Trump’s reaction has been to demand that Germany abandon it’s military and instead send that money directly to the US.
    Got to get along badly with Germany.

    Britain spends 2% as well. What to do to this country that is honoring the commitment Trump says must be honored? Oh, GCHQ tapped Trump Tower phones at the behest of Obama so they cannot be a trusted ally. A diplomatic incident to avoid honoring commitments to a country that honors it’s commitments to the US.
    Got to get along badly with Britain.

    Six Canadian Muslims are murdered by a pro-Trump pro-Le Pen fanatic, a crime from which Trump refused to distance himself and, in quoting Fox, used to hype up his unconstitutional immigration ban, the bodies weren’t even cold but political ammunition was needed.
    Got to get along badly with Canada.

    Estonia started meeting the 2% target even before election day, so a Trump advisor/surrogate goes on television to dismiss the entire nation as the “Suburbs of Saint Petersburg”. Newt Gingrich has not issued an apology. One of the few countries that was fulfilling it’s part of the deal before Trump was inaugurated, before he even won the election, but America cannot at all fulfill it’s side of that same deal?
    Got to get along badly with Estonia.

    Got to get along badly with Australia.
    Got to get along badly with Mexico.
    Got to get along badly with Sweden.
    etc… etc… etc…

  • boatboy_srq

    Given how the GOTea lurves them more guns/bombs/CVNs/SSNs, and will destroy their budget to get one more F-35 or missile platform, what exactly does this accomplish? There won’t be fewer US DOD assets floating around, and there will still be need for places like Ramstein to house them. Is Tillerson (or worse Lord Dampnut) thinking of retasking those assets elsewhere? If so, where? Lord Dampnut has already sworn off engagement in the South China Sea, telling Japan, Philippines and the other nations in that area that they have to step up and defend themselves; Africa is never a winning engagement zone for Teahadis; the Middle East is already chock full of US ordnance; and Central and South America are relatively calm. Because the one alternative here – that the US will spend less on defense – is a nonstarter.

  • Halou

    It is hard to believe Trump or any of his absurd minions when they say the US is tired of spending vast sums of money on military projects when Trump himself is putting his name to a budget that defunds the arts, defunds the state department, defunds education, defunds the EPA, defunds welfare, defunds healthcare…
    But the budget magics up $52 billion to throw at the military? And several billion more gets put towards further militarizing.border police and immigration enforcement.

  • John

    President Tiny Dick may be in jail in 2 months, and our NATO allies know it, so how much of a threat is this?

  • dcurlee

    Get rid of this ass also. Escort this whole administration out the door. Again we will not have any allies once these douches are finished

  • Barry William Teske
  • david fairfield

    You’re not the boss of me! Besides, in two months you’ll be on your way out, so go fuck yourself.

  • Ninja0980

    Just another Putin stooge doing his part to break up NATO.

  • Canadian Observer

    How about the fucking “yanks in charge” reduce their “defense” spending levels to the levels of the rest of the NATO members and use the savings to fund universal healthcare for their citizens.

    ETA:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7APmRkatEU

  • BobSF_94117

    Sounds like Putin has accelerated the timeline. He must be getting nervous.

  • -M-

    Dude who ran a company that wasn’t even a little shy or embarrassed about conducting business with dictators and terrorists around the world in opposition to US state department goals, now bitching rudely as Secretary of State at our staunchest political and military allies, who came to our aid after 9/11 in the first and only time the mutual defense treaty was activated, over their domestic defense spending levels.

  • Piet

    The thing about Trump and his cadre that I find really offensive is that they are such bullies. None of them seems to have any idea about a diplomatic approach to problems. It’s no wonder the rest of the world is drawing back.

  • ultragreen

    Congress controls the budget for the US share of NATO costs. Rex Tillerson doesn’t control this, nor does Donald Trump.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    As Joe said “or else…what?”

    Europe is no mood for this kind of bullshit, they have enough to deal with having Russia literally next door to them. It’s easy for 45 and his minions to saber rattle from across an ocean, but reality is what it is. NATO isn’t the issue, America’s over-the-top bloated military budget is. Add to that that NATO allies are getting tired of this constant passive/aggressive whining on the part of the GOP and conservatives in 45’s regime. Bullying your only friends doesn’t solve problems, it creates more than you need. Clearly, the only winner here is Putin and 45 seems to be doing all he can to ensure it’s Putin’s win, not the free world.

  • ColdCountry

    What an asshole. Seems to me that we spend a disproportionate amount on defense because we choose to. If this keeps up, it’s likely to be our “allies” that nuke us.

  • JCF

    Europe responds: “Rexy, cher, your BOSS (and your job!) could be GONE in 2 months! Adieu! Aufwiedersehn!

  • Veylon

    A little bureaucratic re-arranging to put more things under the military umbrella and the target is reached. Launching things into space with rockets is a military-type activity, right? Or building infrastructure? The autobahn was built for the Wehrmacht, after all. What about cybersecurity? All it takes is some accounting creativity and a little imagination.