NATO taught US a lesson; have we learned it?

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Mark Sappenfield

“What does Soile Hellsten know? She knows that since Finland closed its border with Russia, she has lost money. In the days before the Ukraine war began, many of the customers at her cafe along the border were Russian. But the reduction in sales is a sacrifice worth making, she says. She accepts her struggles as the cost of better security for more people, including herself. And what does Maj. Gen. Veiko-Vello Palm know? He knows that one of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s criticisms of NATO is correct. Some NATO nations are not meeting their obligations for spending on their own militaries. But funding self-sufficiency is a sacrifice worth making, says the commander of the Estonian Defence Forces. He and the Estonian people accept the need for a competent military as a cost of freedom.” [editor’s note: This is not a fully pro-liberty stance, but it does open the conversation – SAT] (04/02/24)

https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/From-the-Editors/2024/0402/NATO-taught-us-a-lesson.-Have-we-learned-it