CDR Salamander, certainly not anti-German, is critical of the present stance of the German government:
The final part of the Merkle administration was problematic, but under the present SDP government led by Olaf Scholz – the Cold War socialist and Soviet apologist, Germany’s irresponsible stance in the face of European and NATO security requirements cannot go without consequences. The present, “Just do enough in security to look like we’re doing something, but not too much…” should be called out for exactly what it is.
Germany, even more than France, is the keystone to Europe. Too many nations look to her for leadership culturally, economically, and security. Poland is an emerging leader, but she does not have the population or GDP power to match Germany.
Here’s his proposal for changing things:
In NATO, General and Flag Officer billets are distributed amongst nations in a rather complicated way, but this formula is controlled by NATO – and as such – can be changed.
Entering argument: take the present formula for “fair distribution” and multiply by .75 any nation that spends 1.5% to 1.99% GDP on defense. Multiply by .5 any nation that spends between 1.25% to 1.499%. Multiply by .25 1.0% to 1.240%. If you fall below 1%, you get nothing and your OF5 (Col./Capt) billets are halved.
1.25x for 2.01%-2.25%. 1.5X for 2.26%-2.75%; 1.75x for 2.76% -3.0%. 2x for +3.01%.
IMO the situation is actually somewhat worse than he realizes. The greater threat to most European countries, other than those that actually border Russia, is not Russia but German banks. I also don’t agree that the Germans chose the wrong leader at the wrong time. I think they chose a leader who reflects Germany’s conflicted nature. They don’t want to pay for their own defense and they don’t want the Americans to think of them as an impediment or liability. So they try to straddle.