America has been paying the bills over at NATO since the international body was first created. In fact, we've been paying more than every single other member country since it was created, and for the foreseeable future, this will probably be the case. And not only have we been raining American taxpayer dollars all over the NATO headquarters, but we've also provided the most muscle. So, should countries just be able to jump on in whenever they feel like it?
As Finland and Sweden announce they're joining the international coalition--as they look over at what Russia is doing to Ukraine and think, "We would really rather that not happen"--this is a question people should be pondering. For decades, NATO (read America) has provided the stability that both countries have undoubtedly benefited from. Is it so much to ask that the countries pay a premium for the pleasure of joining?