A lot of people seem sadly unaware of what the geopolitical purpose of NATO actually is.
Hint: It's not just about the Russians.
Maybe, just maybe, there are other geopolitical imperatives more important than (or even at odds with) our allies "pulling their fair share"
Thesis: Germany and Japan "free riding" (to some extent) on US for defense is a feature, not a bug - and less costly to US in the long run.
NATO is about Germany not feeling the need to take care of things themselves and dominate Europe since we know how that turned out the last couple times.
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