German Chancellor Angela Merkel is steaming mad that an American leader declined to follow her dictates on the environment and asked her to spend a little less on socialism and a bit more on her own defense.
“The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over. This is what I experienced in the last few days,” she said following her Donald Trump Experience at the NATO and G7 meetings. “This seems to be the end of an era, one in which the United States led and Europe followed.”
First of all, by general agreement, Barack Obama provided very little leadership. He led from behind, remember? The ascension of Merkel as a European force occurred in part because Obama was always pussyfooting around and recording zero foreign policy achievements amid many failures.
But now, Merkel says Europe must go its own way. My questions is, Where, exactly?
Toward a carbon emissions reduction agreement that many Americans don’t want and that will do harm to our economy while possibly doing very little to reduce global warming, to the extent manmade global warming exists? Fine. Please, go your own way.
Toward policies that allow unlimited, unvetted immigration of Muslim refugees who will never assimilate into Europe and carry with them a certain percentage of Jihadists? Well, okay, but I hate to see German and other European nations destroyed from within. I love Europe and would be sad to be without it.
Toward assuming responsibility for their own defense while combating ISIS and North Korea and standing up to China and Russia on their own?
Well, that’s not going to happen.
Martin Schulz, leader of the center-left Social Democrats and the man who is challenging Merkel, told reporters Trump was “the destroyer of all Western values”, according to Reuters. “One must stand in the way of such a man with his ideology of rearmament,” Schulz added.
Rearmament? America is just asking for a little armament, not rearmament.
Trump wants Merkel to spend 2 percent of Germany’s GDP on its defense, which it is supposed to do, instead of its current level of 1.2 percent, and her and Mr. Schulz’s heads explode. And, OMG, he said Germany is sending us too many cars. Such insolence!
Will they now decide not to support us with troops if we have to go to war somewhere? Okay, fine, with the exception of Great Britain, European participation in places like Iraq and Afghanistan are just for show. Their troops probably get in the way as much as they help and just add a layer of logistical troubles.
Anyway, part of what Merkel was doing was politics. With Trump in charge, America-bashing is in all over Europe. I mean, more than it usually is.
When was the last time anybody ever heard a European leader thank America’s hardworking taxpayers and brave fighting men and women for their sacrifice on their behalf? How about some of that instead of sanctimony and petty protests?