Tangential, but politics matters when considering defence spending

By now pretty much the entire US political spectrum (maybe not Bernie Sanders) has critized military “free riders,” especially in NATO:

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.

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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.

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