By now pretty much the entire US political spectrum (maybe not Bernie Sanders) has critized military “free riders,” especially in NATO:
- Donald Trump;
- Barack Obama;
- Ash Carter; and
- Even Hillary Clinton, albeit in much softer language, has called on NATO to “do more,” which really means to spend more.
Yet Prime Minister Trudeau persists in travelling the globe trying to “sell” his “sunny ways” and deficits spending for social programmes notions. I don’t know who is going to be President of the United States, but, sooner or later, in less than a year, I fear that Justin Trudeau is going to get an earful on defence spending.
Our American friends are having financial problems of their own and they are carrying a disproportionate share of the financial burden of being the world’s policeman … they, politicians, the commentariat and the people, don’t like the idea that some allies are getting a “free ride.”
The ongoing Defence Review, about which I am commenting this week, offers Team Trudeau a change to “head ’em off at the pass” and announce that Canada will boost defence spending and rebuild the Canadian military and do a bigger, better share of making and keeping the peace around the world.