The U.S. has created a defense dole in Europe, allowing the Europeans to spend their money on lavish social welfare benefits rather than military forces. Explains the Greek ambassador to the U.S. to the Washington Times:
NATO members’ reluctance to assume a larger role in Afghanistan is partly the legacy of U.S. military protection, which allowed Europeans to stress social programs over defense for decades, the Greek ambassador to the United States said.
“For 40 years, you have a system [of] not bothering about military, security and stability expenses,” Vassilis Kaskarelis told editors and reporters of The Washington Times. “Because these issues were handled by the United States after World War II … everybody was happy.”
Everybody is no longer happy. It’s time to adopt some international welfare reform and get the cheats off of the backs of American taxpayers.