You think NATO exists to throw parties and nothings else? Then what is Putin going on about when he says stuff about not letting Ukraine join NATO? He is upset at not being invited to parties?Putin's issue is with NATO.....which basically doesn't;t exist anymore anyway except for fancy parties the members throw each other. Germany doesn't contribute anything anymore, France was never a member. There's a US UK FR partnership and a bunch of countries not names Germany that allow the US UK FR to use their air space. This is a perfect time to step back and let NATO countries put up or shut up.
France is a founding member of NATO, so, not sure what you mean about them never being a member.
The funding thing....its supposed to be some % of GNP, right? Is it 2%? And a few members don't pony up that % because, well, because after the cold war ended, why pay? Whatever, it bugs me that various parties in an agreement (a treaty as it were) don't live up to the agreements. Part of me admits to not wanting to get involved and part of me wants point to how poorly Europe responded to the break-up of Yugoslavia as proof of what happens when neighbors say, "Not my problem."
I think Germany may now be regretting turning off their nuke plans because they are even more reliant on Russian fuel, and I wonder if Poland is thinking that if push comes to shove that it might be a good time to take back some of "their" land: