U.S Proposes Withdrawal of Approx. 12,000 Troops from Germany
US President Donald Trump said that he is reducing the number of American troops deployed in Germany down to 24,000, accusing Berlin of being “delinquent” in its contribution to NATO.
“We’re protecting Germany and they’re delinquent. That doesn’t make sense,” Trump said at the White House. “We are going to bring down the soldier count to 25,000 soldiers,” he said, adding that the deployment of troops comes at “a tremendous cost to the United States.”
Germany, he said, is not meeting its commitment to spend 2% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defense as required by the NATO alliance. Member nations had pledged to reach the 2% threshold by 2024. Germany has said it hopes to reach the target by 2031.
Violation of Principle 7.1 and 7.4
The withdrawal of American forces from Germany, undertaken without consultation with our strongest continental ally, weakens NATO solidarity. See, Principle 7.1
Further, removing U.S. “boots on the ground” fails to “stand up” to threats of Russian aggression. See, Principle 7.4
The U.S. Administration has asserted this is a consequence of the FRG’s failure to hit NATO spending limits (See, Principle 7.2), but the timing appears linked to Chancellor Merkel’s refusal to attend a G-7 Summit in Washington during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The threats posed by Russia have not lessened, and we believe that signs of a weakened US commitment to NATO will encourage further Russian aggression and opportunism,” US Representative Mac Thornberry of Texas wrote in a letter to Trump with his colleagues.
These actions will weaken relations between the United States and Germany, and raise questions about America’s commitment to NATO.
This action by the American Administration earns a One Star from foreverUSA.
The United States shall:
7.1 Strengthen the most successful alliance in history.
7.2 Insist on increased allied burden sharing to raise military preparedness.
7.3 Counter undemocratic instincts of Alliance members. NATO cannot have tolerance for undemocratic actions of its member states.
7.4 Stand up to Russian aggression, in Crimea, Ukraine and in Allied areas of operation.
7.5 Expand engagement with non-NATO partners in Finland and Sweden.
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