Gates on NATO, or "I've never met a European willing to die for the EU."
A bit of hyperbole but hey who cares. So Defense Secretary Robert Gates is on his way out and he makes this speech regarding NATO:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/11/world/europe/11nato.html
The original Role of NATO as per it's first Secretary General, Gen. Lord Ismay: the alliance was to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down. So given that and the two decades since the collapse of the Berlin wall, The US is contributing nearly 75% of NATO's funding. All the while crushing teachers collective bargaining rights and instituting a pretty ineffective health care policy(I'm a Military Vet and my Health care provider just dropped me and then I also saw this: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43479572/ns/health-health_care/?GT1=43001