Europe gets stereotyped as socialist, pacifist and isolationist. And for very good reason and those labels tend to go very well together. Democratic Socialists tend to be pacifist and isolationist and at the very least suspicious of military force. And Europe is full of social democracies from Britain in the West, Scandinavia in the North and Greece in the South. But two of the most socialist countries in Europe Britain and France have two of the largest and best militaries in the World. Britain and France and if anything France is perhaps stronger militarily than Britain even if they are more socialist. With currently having a socialist President and administration in power.
My point being that Europe is more than capable of defending themselves. They don’t need a superpower three-thousand miles away that they like to take shots at and make fun of and criticize the size of its military budget and military overall, that being America of course defending them. When Europe is more than capable of defending themselves either as an independent state or as one European defense unit. The main reason why Europe spends of much money on their welfare states and infrastructure as part of their gross domestic product compared with America and spends so little on their own militaries, is because they America defending them for them at American taxpayer expense.
Not because Europe has so many pacifists and isolationists and America is full of warmongers. It is because America has Europe’s back when it comes to national security at American taxpayer expense. When Europe is more than capable of defending themselves if they just invested their own resources in their militaries. Or unified their militaries into one European defense unit and then we would probably be talking about the next superpower only trailing America. That Russia would have to pay attention and at least think twice before trying to require their former Slavic republics and satellites in the East. They wouldn’t do that with Europe there that if anything would be a stronger and definitely wealthier force to have to deal with.
Turner: European Unity- The Military