America's major NATO allies have cut military manpower and defense funds as a share of their economies since the September 11 attacks, in sharp contrast with the United States, which embarked on deficit spending to boost arms outlays to fight global terrorists.
A comparison of force structures in 2001 and 2005 showed countries such as Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Poland, Spain and Germany cut their active-duty forces, according to statistics compiled by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. At the same time, the United States increased its ranks from 1.37 million to 1.42 million.
As compared to gross domestic product (GDP) that is devoted to defense expenditures. The U.S. share has gone from 3 percent to 3.7 percent since September 11, 2001, while other NATO nations collectively have dipped from 2.02 percent to 1.8 percent, according to the Pentagon. Twelve years ago, NATO, excluding the United States, devoted 2.5 percent of GDP to defense.
The lack of NATO spending can show up in war. The alliance's 1998 air assault on Serbia was carried out by American warplanes in virtually all strike missions. Other countries didn'y have the abilities to use the smart munitions needed to hit targets in Belgrade and on the battlefield.
Retired Army Gen. George Joulwan, NATO's supreme commander in the mid-1990s, said Europe was not convinced the war on terror involves a commitment to global operations.
The United States will be left alone to fight for civilization while Europe dies in their self-induced welfare coma. Europe's ability to defend themselves has gone away in their anti-war fervor. Their pacifist utopia, much like Constantinople, is destined to fall to the Muslim horde. One can only hope that the next generation of Europeans will break from there sucidal past, and have enough fortitude to defend themselves from the murdous onslaught.