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Barney Frank: NATO 'Serves No Strategic Purpose'

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"These kind of restrictions on domestic spending with unlimited spending for the war -- and you always have to talk about both -- is a great mistake," Frank said in an interview. "And the liberal community's got to focus more on Afghanistan, Iraq, NATO. NATO is a great drain on our treasury and serves no strategic purpose."

Lawrence J. Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, estimated NATO-related spending makes up about 20 percent of the baseline defense budget, or roughly $100 billion a year, though the number is difficult to guess precisely.

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