July 11, 2018

Trump talks tough to NATO — while Trudeau takes selfies & cuts military spending (again)

Ezra LevantRebel Commander


In a video that quickly went viral today, Donald Trump said that NATO allies aren’t pulling their fair share. Is he right? Yes, he is. NATO countries agreed to spend 2 per cent of their GDP on their militaries. The U.S. spends almost 4 per cent of their GDP.

In Canada, by contrast, we spend about 1.3 per cent of our GDP.

In terms of percentage, we’re not even in NATO's top ten. And that’s about to fall even lower — we’ll be #16 next year.

Trudeau says his priority is to "build capacity." I don’t know what that means either, other than his endless capacity for B.S.

And being photographed.

Yesterday he and a couple of his cabinet went jogging in Latvia, and tweeted about it, with photos (of course.)

They flew their staff photographer in from Canada, spending thousands of dollars on that one photo op.

We Canadians free ride off the U.S. military — we all know it.

We boast about our free health care, but we wouldn’t have it without the Americans paying for our security for the past fifty years.

But Trump isn't happy about that arrangement. Here’s the Wall Street Journal report:

"Mr. Trump singled out Canada in his letters to NATO leaders, expressing “growing frustration…that key allies like Canada have not stepped up defense spending as promised.”

And the Liberals think they can turn that into a winning campaign in 2019 — running against Trump.

While running in photo ops...

NEXT: I talk more about this with T. Lee Humphrey, CPC nomination candidate for Calgary Centre, and president of James International Security Consulting.

THEN: Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, reveals shocking overspending at Global Affairs, such as $24,000 on 86 cushions for the Canadian embassy in Mexico City!

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2018-07-13 18:12:54 -0400
Why should nato pay for American empire building??
How many of the 911 highjackers were iraqi or afgani??
Did macnamara lie too start the Vietnam war??
Did the CIA sell cocaine too fund iran while Congress funded Iraq??
Who funded and armed isis ??
commented 2018-07-13 15:11:33 -0400
Oh I forgot, Traitor Tot already has the groper vote. The victim vote, maybe not so much anymore.
commented 2018-07-13 08:55:34 -0400
James,

Are you forgetting the society of camel and goat bumpers?
commented 2018-07-12 16:37:29 -0400
Legalizing lying, obfuscating and stonewalling will get him the groper vote
commented 2018-07-12 16:34:09 -0400
“…a sex change would make him more acceptable to all the sexual deviants who did not vote for him. "

Gee ROBERT, I don’t think there are any sexual deviants who did not vote for turdo la doo.
commented 2018-07-12 16:26:50 -0400
We like to say people boobs, not necessarily man boobs.

Legalizing people boobs will get him the people boob vote
commented 2018-07-12 14:41:18 -0400
Robert, they are called Moobs and ectomorphs like Junior have small flabby ones.
commented 2018-07-12 12:46:42 -0400
Man boobs?

I never thought a BOOB could have BOOBS. But the Groper can. He is probably thinking a sex change would make him more acceptable to all the sexual deviants who did not vote for him.

Legalizing pot got him the doper vote
Legalizing illegal entry into Canada will get him the illegal alien supporter vote
Legalizing sharia will get him the followers of MORE HAM HEAD’s vote
commented 2018-07-12 12:23:49 -0400
Headline from the Calgary Albertan Feb.28/1980 Canada’s plans for US trade “enemy action”. Dr.Harald Malmgreen, who used to represent the White House in worldwide trade negotiations was in Calgary to explain the Washington view of Canada to a trade seminar here. He warned that Pierre Trudeau’s promise to strengthen the Foreign Investment Review Agency has sent a ripple through the US capital.
“This is the action of an enemy, not a friend”, said Malmgreen, who now works as an independent consultant.
Malmgeen said the U.S. is interested in a continental free-trade policy. But he foresaw this policy developing with other North American neighbors such as Mexico and the Caribbean nations.
He said Canada is seen as showing no interest in continentalism and there are no regular trade discussions.

Funny how what goes around comes around! PET Jr. should read some of his fathers history.
commented 2018-07-12 11:24:03 -0400
I have to add to Johnny Librano’s excellent breakdown of our paltry contribution. My father was in the military during the Trudeau1 years. He virtually decimated Canada’s standing army through various interferences. From those shameful days to now, our military has not yet recovered. I am glad that DJT called the PM out on this issue. We should be represented appropriately (to use DJT’s word) with an army comparable to US, keeping in mind, our very small population. I enjoyed Ted T’s calling out of our MSM regarding the Kokanee Groper. The nightly news report has reduced itself to a weather bureau that struggles with even getting that slightly right. Anything they discuss about politics is laughable, at best. What alarms me is just how many people rely on that misinformation to make crucial decisions about their lifestyle and voting direction. We need to work harder at getting Rebel and others to the forefront of Canadians overview of politics. Trudeau needs to resign. His party should get the Wynne treatment in the next election.
commented 2018-07-12 11:05:43 -0400
Well said Johnny.
commented 2018-07-12 11:05:15 -0400
Johnny Librano, Lee Humphrey spoke of this during the interview (not in length as you did).
We understand both parties have failed in this regard, for years.

I just posted a link below, it’s evident at the conclusion of the talks, there was significant progress. Though Canada was not named specifically by DJT, it’s interesting he used the word “all countries” are on board, at a faster rate to reach their commitments.
commented 2018-07-12 10:48:19 -0400
According to the World Bank (1), PM Harper (2006 – 2015) didn’t invest significantly more in defense spending than PM Chrétien (1993 – 2003) or Martin (2003 – 2006).

In fact, Harper’s government was responsible for Canada’s all-time lowest defense spending as a % of GDP in the two years leading up to the 2015 election (1). Harper was trying to keep his promise to have a balanced budget in time for the October 2015 Federal General Election and he was slashing military investment to keep that rather dubiously meaningful economic commitment.

Conservatives seem to be no better than Liberals when it comes to investing to meet our NATO and NORAD commitments, or even the defense of our homeland.

Instead, Canada has relied heavily on the USA for our national defense for at least the last 50 years, diverting those funds into expensive vote-buying social programs.

Canadian Military Expenditures (% of GDP) (1)
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute ( SIPRI ), Yearbook: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security.

Year Military spending, % of GDP Prime Minister
1993 1.77912405 Brian Mulroney/Jean Chrétien
1994 1.65663509 Jean Chrétien
1995 1.519319688 Jean Chrétien
1996 1.370733341 Jean Chrétien
1997 1.217056716 Jean Chrétien
1998 1.226374834 Jean Chrétien
1999 1.21448824 Jean Chrétien
2000 1.11808088 Jean Chrétien
2001 1.137368973 Jean Chrétien
2002 1.120852292 Jean Chrétien
2003 1.115878799 Jean Chrétien/Paul Martin
2004 1.107966027 Paul Martin
2005 1.110669655 Paul Martin
2006 1.125832408 Paul Martin/Stephen Harper
2007 1.188901783 Stephen Harper
2008 1.248621382 Stephen Harper
2009 1.381043981 Stephen Harper
2010 1.197152932 Stephen Harper
2011 1.196083782 Stephen Harper
2012 1.121099973 Stephen Harper
2013 1.004857889 Stephen Harper
2014 0.992272056 Stephen Harper
2015 1.150858025 Stephen Harper/Justin Trudeau
2016 1.181229083 Justin Trudeau
2017 1.245868857 Justin Trudeau

It’s been shameful and disgraceful for the Government of Canada to leach off of US taxpayers for the defense of our nation and to welsh on our international treaty obligations over such an extended period of time.

It’s also shameful that the first foreign policy change Justin Trudeau implemented in 2015 was to withdraw Canada’s small allocation of F-18 fighters (which were purchased by his father Pierre Trudeau’s administration in the 1980s) from the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

However, let’s not forget that it was PM Harper who boasted that his administration would not “cut and run” from the Afghanistan conflict following the World Trade Center bombings on Sept 11, 2001, which is exactly what he did.

Harper’s administration also bungled the purchase of F-35s, primarily due to sheer incompetence and a disastrous communications strategy, and now the Trudeau government (borrowing from Jean Chrétien’s infamous legacy of buying scrapped submarines and promising to not buy aircraft that best meet our needs) has committed Canada to buying used F-18s that are nearing obsolescence & end-of-life from the Australians who are replacing them with the most modern fighter in the world, the 5th generation, stealth F-35 fighter, which will also be deployed by the vast majority of NATO countries.

It’s quite likely that if Canada doesn’t have F-35s if ever called upon to participate in a real conflict involving our NATO allies against a hostile nation(s) that Canada may be forbidden from accompanying our allies flying F-35s / F-22s, even in the defense of Canadian airspace, because our old F-18s, Super-Hornets or any other non-stealth fighter would give away the location of the stealth-jets, putting them in harm’s way.

In conclusion, there is plenty of blame for both major federal political parties to share for Canada’s under-funding and lack of military preparedness to meet our national & international defense obligations and needs, although procurement decisions made by the ridiculously incompetent Chrétien government were arguably the worst Canada has had to endure, at least in our lifetimes, following closely by the decisions made to date by the shallow, vain and inept Justin Trudeau.

(1) https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/MS.MIL.XPND.GD.ZS?end=2017&locations=CA&start=1960&view=chart
commented 2018-07-12 06:28:50 -0400
Junior should stick to groping peoplekind and stop fricking with Trump, but if he insists, he can take a tip from Kurt Schlicter and 2 Live Crew.
Face down!
Ass up!
That’s the way Trump likes to….well you know.
commented 2018-07-12 02:49:43 -0400
Why worry about NATO and defense budgets. Trudeau should lecture NATO allies about how the budgets would balance by themselves
commented 2018-07-12 02:49:42 -0400
Why worry about NATO and defense budgets. Trudeau should lecture NATO allies about how the budgets would balance by themselves
commented 2018-07-12 02:45:55 -0400
Hyacinth, I actually owe my burst of verbal prolificity to a couple of glasses of something called ‘iced tea lemonade’, a non-alcoholic concoction that I never had before this evening, although I have had the constituent parts separately before. I must remember this when I hit a dry spell, not that that is likely to happen these days.
commented 2018-07-12 01:55:36 -0400
" I feel like I’m suddenly empowered with overflowing peopleliness."

Put the vanilla latte down and walk away from it slowly ….
Quick hand Ted a regular cup of coffee!!
commented 2018-07-12 01:46:48 -0400
Of course, Trudeau also owes Ms. Knight an apology for publicly not believing her account of what he did to her in Creston B.C. in 2000, and for insinuating that she lacks his superior level of intelligence and discernment to understand that he didn’t do anything wrong or inappropriate to her in Creston in 2000. Isn’t that what is referred to as re-victimizing? If I were an MSM reporter with integrity, I would be all over this until he peoples up and fesses up to what he did to her, and apologizes to her for his original act, for his lame apology, and for his really despicable public actions in recent days, i.e. publicly contradicting her take on what he did to her. Otherwise, I don’t think I would be able to ever consider myself a journalist with integrity again.
commented 2018-07-12 01:19:58 -0400
Hey MSM, are you going to people up and do the right thing by Rose Knight and keep asking Trudeau what he actually did to her in Creston B.C. in 2000 that he seems to be afraid to expound upon while claiming that it wan’t anything wrong or inappropriate? Are you really going to throw her under the bus because you want to keep this hypocrite in power? Are you also hypocrites who chuck your feminism when it’s politically inconvenient? I’m thinking you mostly are, but I and many other Canadians will be watching to see if you have any integrity, journalistic or otherwise, left when Trudeau comes back from his Europe trip. Either you pursue this matter and demand the truth from him until you, and we the public, get the truth from him (as opposed to the bafflegab he has been feeding you and us until now), or you lose what little credibility you now have with Canadians. It will be interesting to see which of you are people or wopeople enough to be journalists as opposed to Liberal propaganda flacks who think your job is to run interference for Trudeau no matter who is hurt, for example Rose Knight. Don’t you think she deserves to be given credit for having the intelligence to know what he did to her (she described it at the time as him groping her, and reaffirmed that again in her July 6 2018 statement on the matter) and whether it was within the bounds of decency or not? Her editorial indicated in no uncertain terms that she didn’t consider it within those bounds. Do you believe her, or not?
commented 2018-07-12 01:00:29 -0400
Also if Trudeau was a real people, instead of flashing his people boobs around in public, he would hold himself to the same standard of conduct and to the same consequences for his sexist put-down of Ms. Knight as being too stupid to comprehend that he did nothing wrong or inappropriate when he did whatever it was he did (he apparently isn’t people enough to be forthcoming on that) to her in Creston in 2000, for which she wrote an editorial in the Creston Valley Advance newspaper, accusing him of groping her and sort of apologizing the next day. Why isn’t he people enough to people up and tell Ms. Knight he is sorry for both groping her and for the pathetic excuse for an apology that he foisted upon her the next day? I can’t understand this people. I think if he was a real people, he would hold himself to the same standard that he applied to other Liberals in his government who were accused of bad behavior and were forced to resign their positions or were booted out of the Liberal caucus. What makes Trudeau an exception to this standard that he imposed upon other Liberals in his government and also upon himself in a CBC interview in January 2018?

People up, Trudeau. Explain what it was that, as a younger people, you thought you had a right to do to Ms. Knight that day. And also explain why you think you have a right to publicly disbelieve her now (in effect, calling her either a liar or someone who isn’t intelligent enough to realize you did nothing wrong or inappropriate, as you have recently claimed), and publicly at that, when you know that she reaffirmed her accusation in her July 6 2018 statement on the matter. Don’t you think it’s time you people up, admit the truth, and resign as PM!
commented 2018-07-12 00:36:10 -0400
I can’t help but feel that if Justin Trudeau was a real people, then instead of flashing his people boobs before the world, he would people up and own up to what he really did to Rose Knight in Creston in 2000.
commented 2018-07-12 00:21:14 -0400
Being in this unexpectedly peoplely state that I find myself in right now, I have to say that sometimes I just don’t feel that Traitor Tot is the right people for the Prime Minister’s job and we need convince Canadians to elect a better people or wopeople to replace him and get this country back on track before all our people are toast.
commented 2018-07-12 00:08:07 -0400
People, I really am on a roll here tonight. I feel like I’m suddenly empowered with overflowing peopleliness.
commented 2018-07-12 00:00:55 -0400
Tammie, you can tell when I’m on a roll, can’t you?
commented 2018-07-11 23:56:08 -0400
Ted, I just about spit my tea all over the place when I read your post, thanks for the good laugh!
commented 2018-07-11 23:55:42 -0400
BTW Tammie, don’t knock people boobs… if it wasn’t for people boobs, neither Ezra or I or most men would have anything between our overdeveloped tummies and our underdeveloped shoulders… so be kind…
commented 2018-07-11 23:49:48 -0400
Cute taxpayer-paid group selfie in Latvia of the Trudeau team sticking by their people…