Heh! I love this stuff!
So, much of the world is having a panic attack because of some comments Trump made, again. It’s a strange thing, this panic attack, because most of what he stated is incredibly obvious. (one could have come to most of these conclusions if people had read some of my earlier Suyts writings).
Is NATO obsolete? Well, yes, of course it is. It was created and designed to thwart the communist Soviet expansion into Western Europe. Sure, some believe Russia still has designs on much of the old Soviet bloc, but, I’m not convinced they do. But, even if they did, the nature and mission of NATO would be entirely different today, than its original design. I find Merkel’s response, well, charitably, interesting.
“We Europeans have our fate in our own hands,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin when asked about Trump’s criticisms, adding that she will work towards getting the EU to strengthen the economy and fight terrorism.
Ya think? I’ve written this a few times, before, so I’m left with the impression someone on Trump’s team has read Suyts! But, Trump hit the nail on the head, especially in the context of the EU/NATO. Here’s part of his comments that people are freaked out about ……
“It’s obsolete, first because it was designed many, many years ago,” Trump said in the Bild version of the interview. “Secondly, countries aren’t paying what they should” and NATO “didn’t deal with terrorism.” The Times quoted Trump saying that only five NATO members are paying their fair share. ……..
Quoted in German by Bild from a conversation held in English, Trump predicted that Britain’s exit from the EU will be a success and portrayed the EU as an instrument of German domination designed with the purpose of beating the U.S. in international trade. For that reason, Trump said, he’s fairly indifferent to whether the EU stays together, according to Bild.
Yes, that was the purpose of the EU. It was to be an economic bloc for the purpose of competing against the US.
I’ve long stated that much of Europe’s interests are shared with the US interests. I generally put in the term as Western Civilization to include a few other countries around the world. And, when common interests are threatened, and the acts of the threat are grave enough, and the weight of the interests are significant enough, then, and only then, does a military alliance make any sense.
But, when a quasi-nation unites to compete with the US, it no longer makes sense that the US would fund the defense of the quasi-nation. There’s nothing to freak out about. The US spends hundreds of $billions a year on defense spending. Want to compete economically? Then, they have to kick in their fair share for the common defense. Else it’s not competing, it’s sucking on the teats, benefiting from the free milk, while the American taxpayer/worker/consumer takes a high hard one up the …….. well, you get the imagery.
In the past, I’ve documented the EU’s attacks on American companies trying to do business in the EU, while their judgments benefited EU companies. Now, this is fine. The people of Europe have a perfect right to do so. But, it cannot be that the unemployed or underemployed American worker is still obliged to pay for the defense of a land which just cost him a livelihood.
Some other things Trump stated ……
With Merkel facing an unprecedented challenge from the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany as she seeks a fourth term this fall, Trump was asked whether he’d like to see her re-elected. He said he couldn’t say, adding that while he respects Merkel, who’s been in office for 11 years, he doesn’t know her and she has hurt Germany by letting “all these illegals” into the country. …. ….he reserved some of his most dismissive remarks for the EU and Merkel, whose open-border refugee policy he called a “catastrophic mistake.”
I think it is without question that Merkel’s decision to allow all of those refugees/invaders into Germany and the rest of Europe was a catastrophic mistake. From the crime waves to the economic disasters which are occurring, to the political ramifications, it was a catastrophic mistake, unless, of course, you have the perspective of a Islamic jihadist, in which case, you may think this was pretty cool.
Of course, there were some unintended consequences, which may turn out to be pretty cool ……
In contrast, Trump praised Britons for voting in 2016 to leave the EU. People and countries want their own identity and don’t want outsiders coming in to “destroy it,” he said. The U.K. is smart to leave the bloc because the EU “is basically a vehicle for Germany,” the Times quoted Trump as saying.
“If you ask me, more countries will leave,” he said.
Trump told the Times that he plans to quickly pursue a trade deal with the U.K. after taking office and will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May soon.
Well, I think very soon a couple of important EU nations will have this very discussion, politically. I believe the people of France and Italy are very seriously considering an EU exit. The UK dashed the future plans of the EU, though, they weren’t entirely in the EU in that they never adopted the Euro. However, both Italy and France have. I believe if France goes, the whole thing ends. I also believe this would be a very good thing for the people across Europe. I don’t know if the majority of the people of Germany are ready to exit the EU, but, I believe there is a significant number of Germans ready and wanting to leave.
I would also like to note the statement that Trump plans to “quickly pursue a trade deal with the UK” …… to contrast with Obama’s threat to put the Brits in the “back of the queue” for trade deals. Turns out, Zero still doesn’t know WTF he’s babbling about.
Trump stated a lot more than just these few examples, but, it’s great to have people freaking out about the statements. It’s like someone just spoke some reality to people still believing in unicorns and pixie dust!