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U.S. Filled European Defense Void at Americans’ Expense

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) argued in an op-ed Monday that the U.S. filling Europe’s defense gap amounts to an “implicit tax” on Americans.

vance I have written editorial financial times About America’s lavish spending to support the defense of Europe. This not only contributes to the staggering US defense budget of nearly $1 trillion, but also to the decline in European defense budgets.

The Ohio senator argued, “As America’s defense budget approaches $1 trillion a year, we should consider European funding.” I haven’t done it The real meaning of defense spending is an implicit tax on the American people to ensure the security of Europe. ”

Vance continued.

Nothing in recent memory illustrates this more clearly than the Ukraine war. Frankly, there is no good reason why we need aid from the United States. Europe is made up of many large countries with productive economies. They are supposed to have the ability to deal with conflicts, but decades have passed and they have become too weak. America is being asked to fill the gap at great cost to its own people. [Emphasis added]

In an op-ed, the Ohio senator suggested that America’s defense of Europe calls into question the relationship between Europe and the United States.

“What European countries need to ask themselves is: Are they prepared to protect themselves?” he said. And the question the United States must ask is, if its European allies cannot even defend themselves, are they allies or vassals? ”

Vance explained:

To be honest, we have a responsibility to our European partners. Americans want allies in Europe, not vassals, and our generosity in Ukraine is coming to an end. Europeans should regard the end of the war there as an urgent matter. They must continue to rebuild their industrial and military power. And Europe should consider concretely how it will coexist with Russia after the Ukraine war ends.

Vance added: “But the time has come for Europe to stand on its own. That doesn’t mean it has to be isolated, but it can’t continue to use America as a crutch.”

Sean Moran is a policy reporter at Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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