So my buddy posted this on facebook on an interesting thread.
At this point NZ should be given time to redress their failings. IF they don't, I'd be fine with Trump making an example of them and ejecting them from the Mutual Defense treaty for non-compliance/non-capability.
I had a drawn out discussion on a thread with a Kiwi who didn't understand his New Zealand has gone from being a valuable ally to a millstone, with the US assuming total liability, up to and including a nuclear exchange, for a nation that has degraded their own defense so far that the Massachusetts National Guard has an order of magnitude more combat capability, and more folks actively deployed overseas... as a National Guard. The Philippine Marine Corps could -unassisted by even the Philippine Navy, aside from running the amphibs - could destroy the New Zealand military and force a major landing, almost overnight. While deploying directly from Manila Bay.
New Zealand has literally (and officially - it is their public defense posture statement that they aren't even going to try to defend against anything but the lightest security threat) given up any pretense at actually defending their nation, does not even have air superiority over their own country (because they have NO air to air capability, and a whopping 12 MANPADS... which are in storage). They have a brigade of infantry (one of which is configured as mech, in LAV IIIs), and no ground attack capability beyond doing gun runs with door guns in transport helos.
Their "navy" adds a bit more - a couple of helos that theoretically could be armed with Mavericks, and a total of two frigates that have 8 Sea Sparrows each. Their inshore patrol ships are irrelevant.
While sheltering under the US nuclear umbrella for protection, they refuse to allow nuclear powered USN vessels to even enter their 12 mile limit waters, nor are conventionally powered USN ships permitted in those waters, unless we announce they have no nuclear weapons (which violates long standing US policy on not revealing which ships might have a nuclear weapon of some sort).
Why can they do this? Because they *can*, because they know morons making decisions in DC cannot conceive of the US requiring an ally to even act in good faith in leveling up with the "mutual" part of a mutual defense treaty.
Maybe somebody should learn how to use the internet to fight his own ignorance.
The U.S. does not consider New Zealand to be allied and signalled it's not willing to defend it (and the 2012 Washington declaration didn't change that).
New Zealand simply doesn't feel threatened, and wouldn't be capable of defending itself if it was threatened by either PRC or USA regardless of what effort it mounts anyway.