NATO was created during the Cold War to create an alliance against The Communist Bloc. It was passed in succession after the Truman Doctrine (military support for Greece and Turkey) and the Marshall Plan ($$ to rebuild Europe). NATO came as an extension of the TD. Expanding military aid and protection to other countries who were willing to denounce communism. It never had anything to do with money, that was such an afterthought. No one in Europe even HAD when it was created because of WWII. NATO's sole purpose is to promote the democracy and the ideals of the western world, therefore that should be the basis on which we choose to help others. Are we really willing to not protect those ideals because one of our allies haven't paid?? That's not the America I know. What's more important, money or what we stand for?