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Sneering Europe
Great post from a local blogger:

Quote:Europe learns a lesson in respect and Trump wins again

With an increasingly belligerent Putin on their doorstep, you’d think the European Union would be eager to cultivate the friendship of the world’s strongest military power. Instead Europeans are doing as they have for 70 years, and sniping at America, even as they hide behind its skirts.

Quote:EU commission president ­Donald Tusk, at a pre-summit meeting to shore up support for a EU-NATO agreement, warned the US: “Please respect your allies, you don’t have that many.”

Ahead of the two-day summit that starts tomorrow, Mr Tusk told Mr Trump to remember Europe’s assistance to the US after the 9/11 attack when meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. E
Europe would also do well to remember the past century of the United States spending its blood and treasure to keep Europe free: first from the Germans and then the Soviets. Germany would especially do well to remember the extraordinary generosity with which it has been treated by the United States: a generosity of spirit it has not always returned.
Germany at the end of WWII was a smoking ruin. America would have been well within its rights to leave it that way. But instead of punishing Germany for the evil it had unleashed, the United States spent tens of billions on rebuilding the nation which had produced the horrors of Nazism. For 50 years American military and money shielded Europe from the threat of Communism.
What thanks did America get? In the 60s, jeering chants of “Sau aus USA” (”Pigs from America”). Today, childishly insulting balloons from the mayor of London, and freeloading “allies”

Quote:Even before his election, Mr Trump had been annoyed about the NATO budget and…foreshadowed US contributions were firmly on the agenda.

“The United States is spending far more on NATO than any other Country,” he tweeted. “This is not fair, nor is it acceptable.”
Trump is correct. The post-War “economic miracle” of European nations like Germany was enabled by the money they would otherwise have spent on defence. That delinquency continues to this day. Of the 28 member states of NATO, only five meet their treaty obligations. The economic powerhouses of Germany and France are not among them. Europe is free-riding at America’s expense

Quote:By current standards, the US funds about 70 per cent of NATO spending
Previous American presidents have put up with this blatant freeloading mostly because the threat of Communism was too great to be allowed. Trump has had enough

Quote:Mr Trump has demanded other countries increase their defence spending because the generosity of the United States was being abused by European countries…“It’s an unfair burden on us,’’ he said
That unfair burden is even more galling when one of the worst delinquents, Germany, turns around and makes strategically insane deals with the Russia it simultaneously demands protection from, at America’s expense. 

Quote:“It’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we’re supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia,” he said. “We protect you against Russia yet Germany pays billions to Russia, that’s very inappropriate.’’
Human toadstool Angela Merkel sneered back that: Q

Quote:Germany makes its own decisions…”we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions…”
If only Germany had been so respectful of the right of Greeks to determine their own policies and make their own decisions. If only Merkel had been so considerate of other European nations when she single-handedly threw open the gates of Europe to millions of Muslim migrants.
But for all their grandstanding, European leaders folded like a cheap suit. 

Quote:US President Donald Trump created “utter panic’’ among NATO allies, who have agreed to pay more, and on a quicker timeline after he threatened the United States’ withdrawal from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation…Diplomats in the room said Mr Trump told the NATO leaders that unless the wealthiest European countries, such as Germany, France, Italy and Spain hit the two per cent GDP target by January “we are going to do our own thing”.

The European Union has been given a heavy dose of reality salts. For all their sneering, freeloading and sulking, they were terrified at the very thought of having to go it alone.

Quote:As a result of his demands, Mr Trump said countries had acquiesced and “would be doing numbers that they have never done nor never seen before…Now we are being treated fairly.” 

When Trump faces Putin in Helsinki, he will be doing so from a position of strength. He’s brought the European Union to heel and strengthened NATO with increased military spending from its members.

The winning never stops.

I have to say, Trump is doing brilliantly.

Germany should get it's gas directly from Russia with the new pipeline. Why keep letting it go through the Ukraine pipelines where they steal a lot of it and charge for doing so? Germany has to get fuel from somewhere, and this is the place. Saying the U.S. or someone else can ship it to them is a fantasy.

As far as NATO, let's get the 35,000 troops out of Germany. A lot of Germans don't want them anyway and they can defend themselves. Will never happen though. The deep state would make sure of that by any means necessary.
Quote:Poll: Germans Want US Troop Withdrawal, Oppose Increased Military Spending
According to a YouGov poll conducted by Germany’s DPA news agency, 42% of Germans support a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops in the country.
By Whitney Webb
MintPress News
July 14, 2018

It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right. - Winston Churchill
Having a gas supply from Russia is fine, just as long as you have a viable alternative should Russia use it as a weapon.

So they need to commit to LNG ship offloading on the western European coast that can accommodate the whole of Europe's needs, even if it just lies idle for most of the time. Or go nuclear and solve the problem properly.

(07-14-2018, 10:50 PM)Innocynic Wrote:
Quote:Poll: Germans Want US Troop Withdrawal, Oppose Increased Military Spending
According to a YouGov poll conducted by Germany’s DPA news agency, 42% of Germans support a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops in the country.
By Whitney Webb
MintPress News
July 14, 2018

Which just goes to show:

1. How totally uninformed a large slice of the population is

2. How you can write poll questions to deliver the answer you want
The media and entertainment industry increasingly make me sick. I wasn't especially pro-Trump other than he kept Hillary out, though I hadn't listened to him much and like everyone got a lot of my information passively from the media. But recently when I have listened to him, he is clearly no fool. The media sneering at him is starting to feel like bullying. As a human being he deserves to be treated with more respect, and as the fairly elected representative of the American people, the way the media are treating him is insulting to the people who elected him.

Cooperation between countries is vital, and has a long history as shown by the genuinely moving ceremony when President Trump and his Lady met the British Queen. This was a state ceremony welcoming the office of President of the United States. He represents his people, and it was small minded of the protestors to think it even mattered whether they personally like him or not; if Americans had been rude about the Queen, they wouldn't have liked it.
Good points made Silverfish!

I saw this article and it struck a chord:

Quote:American Cold War Experts: "The Real Threat Is Russophobia"

Vice segment on HBO: These American scholars say the real threat to the U.S. is Russophobia.

"If he [President Trump] means what he said he was right. It would be great to cooperate with Russia —[b] I would go farther, it's imperative... We are eyeball to eyeball in a new Cold War with Russia,"[/b] begins Stephen F. Cohen, considered among the world's foremost Russian academic experts, while sitting beside John Mearsheimer in this latest Vice interview, who nods his head in approval.
Both have long been a thorn in the side of the McCarthyite commentariat which alleges Russian collusion behind every decision of the Trump administration.

Mearsheimer, a longtime International Security Policy program director at the University of Chicago, questions the now largely cemented narrative created by those who have least understanding of the history of US-Russia relations: "Why won't people engage in a legitimate debate with people like Steve and me? And I believe the reason they won't is they would lose the debate - I'm fully confident of that."

Instead of a rational, nuanced national debate we are fed a steady diet of simplistically absurd and crude images like the newly unveiled Time magazine cover:

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Quote:As the American public has from the time of Trump's election endured endless obtrusive and cacophonous media noise with no real smoking gun (as Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper famously admitted a year ago) to back the charges of collusion — what CNN's Van Jones early on admitted was "just a big nothing burger" — the voices of a small cadre of real Russian experts rarely breaks through to a mass audience.
“There is an unwillingness to engage in debate on this issue, like I have never seen before," Mearsheimer tells Vice.
And Cohen adds:
Quote:[i]We've demonized Putin and we've Putinized Russia so we demonize Russia. Russophobia is running amok in this country. 
I’ve seen these things from the inside. I've re-thought and re-thought how we got to the edge of war with Russia, where we haven't been since Cuba in 1962. And I have concluded, and I would be happy to debate my opponents… It is 95 percent our own doing.[/i]
The two scholars present the convincing weight of history to demolish the Vice interviewer's every objection.

Professor Cohen in particular has also been a guest of increased regularity on Tucker Carlson's prime time show, where he is consistently introduced as "an actual expert on the subject, a Russian speaker..."

On Tuesday, a day after the Trump-Putin meeting, Cohen explained the following obvious historical truth on Tucker Carlson Tonight

It's unfortunate that the current mainstream media landscape is such that it takes a professor emeritus at Princeton University to point out what ought to be obvious in any History 101 survey course. Yet Cohen and Mearsheimer's credentials are without parallel when compared to the usual supposed 'experts' regularly appearing in mainstream media (who typically don't even have a basic background in Russian language or history).

Cohen once described the ongoing obsessive and sensationalized 'Russiagate' press coverage as a kind of "pornography": Well it's a kind of pornography. Just as there is no love in pornography, there is no American national interest in this bashing of Trump and Putin. As a historian, let me tell you the headline I would write instead..."Potentially Historic New Detente Anti-Cold War Partnership Begun by Trump and Putin but Meanwhile Attempts to Sabotage It Escalate."
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