Europe learns a lesson in respect and Trump wins again

Caption: “Seventy years is long enough: The free lunch is over”

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. End of quote.

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.” End of quote.

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. End of quote.

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. End of quote.

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.’’ End of quote.

Human toadstool Angela Merkel sneered back that: Quote:

Germany makes its own decisions…”we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions…” End of quote.

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”. End of quote.

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.” End of quote.

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.


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