GOP Senator Slams Europe

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( – Senator J.D. Vance, in his opinion column for the Financial Times, expressed strong views on the defense spending and foreign aid situation between the U.S. and Europe post-Cold War.

He emphasized, “The United States has provided a blanket of security to Europe for far too long. In the aftermath of the Cold War, European nations made deep and lasting cuts to their defense budgets. Estimates suggest the continent would have spent an additional $8.6 trillion on defense over 30 years had they maintained Cold War levels of military expenditure.”

Vance highlighted the financial burden on the U.S., stating, “As the American defense budget nears $1 trillion per year, we ought to view the money Europe hasn’t spent on defense for what it really is: an implied tax on the American people to allow for the security of Europe.” He further argued that this situation is not a matter of being anti-Ukraine or pro-Russia but a pro-Europe stance, insisting on the capability of European nations to manage their security independently.

Regarding the defense capabilities, Vance noted, “America has been asked to fill the void at tremendous expense to its own citizens. Behind the price tag, this conflict has revealed the shocking weakness of the defense industrial base on both sides of the Atlantic.” He pointed out the production disparities in ammunition, “For all the talk about who spends the most on defense by percentage of gross domestic product, Russia currently makes more than twice the amount of artillery shells each month than Europe and the U.S. combined.”

Addressing the relationship between the U.S. and Europe, Vance questioned, “The question each European nation needs to ask itself is this: Are you prepared to defend yourself? And the question the U.S. must ask is, If our European allies can’t even defend themselves, are they allies, or clients?”

Vance’s closing remarks emphasized the need for European self-reliance, “We owe it to our European partners to be honest: Americans want allies in Europe, not client states, and our generosity in Ukraine is coming to an end. Europeans should regard the conclusion of the war there as an imperative. They must keep rebuilding their industrial and military capabilities.”