Spend More on Military or We Move Troops to Poland, US Envoy Tells Germany

Polls show Germans prefer US troops to leave anyhow

US Ambassador Richard Grenell has not made a lot of friends during his time in Germany, where he has repeatedly issued demands, usually to increase military spending. On Friday, he did so again, threatening to withdraw US troops from Germany if the Germans don’t start spending more on their military.

Grenell said it was “offensive” for the US to keep troops in Germany while Germans “get to spend their surplus on domestic programs.” The US Ambassador to Poland suggested the US troops should move to Poland.

German officials have consistently made clear they have no intention of meeting US demands to spend 2% of their GDP on their military,and see no need to attempt to do so. This has been consistent despite the US repeatedly threatening repercussions for not meeting that demand.

There’s no reason to think this will be any different. Last year, a major poll by Germany’s DPA news agency showed German voters not only oppose increases in military spending, but actually prefer that US troops leave the country.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.