ELDER PATRIOT – After President Trump told the freeloader nations of NATO that the United States’ taxpayers will no longer foot the bill for Europe’s defense unless they ante up their fair share, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted like a hysterical witch who just had her credit card cancelled.
Merkel’s hyper response that, “The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over,” is laughable. But, it does show just how arrogant Barack Obama left the rest of the world when it came to feeding at the trough of America’s taxpayers in order to balance their budgets.
Compounding the meltdown of Europe’s leaders is Trump’s impending announcement to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. While Obama committed the U.S. to at least a half-trillion dollars in funding over the next ten years other signatory nations can contribute according to their own determinations. We’ve already seen how that works with their lack of financial commitment to their own defense.
A review of our relationship with Germany, and the rest of Europe, over the past eighty years has been so one-sided that one is forced to ask why no American leader before Trump did anything to reverse it.
Merkel has led the German people for twelve years and is likely to be re-elected to another four-year term in the upcoming election. During that time, Merkel has shunned her country’s financial responsibility to NATO and, as a result, 22 other nations followed her lead.
That left the taxpayers of four countries footing the bill for the 27-nation alliance.
Making the situation even more outrageous, Germany enjoys a $64 billion trade surplus with the U.S. and still Merkel expects us to pay for Germany’s defense alone.
Instead of meeting her financial obligations to other member countries, Merkel, leader of Europe’s most solvent nation, directed the money due NATO to social programs that pleased and grew her constituency but did nothing for the defense of her nation.
In fact her reckless – or intentionally transformative – insistence on opening her country to unvetted Islamic refugees has been similarly funded by U.S. taxpayers while making Germany infinitely less safe for its citizens.
The fact is Merkel, through her surrogate and Hitler descendent, Jean-Claude Juncker the European Commission president, had begun calling for the funding of an EU army more than two years ago, well before Trump had announced his candidacy.
At the time Juncker said, said such a move would help the EU to persuade Russia that it was serious about defending its values in the face of the threat posed by Moscow. The problem with Juncker’s assertion is the protection of Europe from Russian aggression has always fallen to NATO. That raises the question, why weren’t they weren’t funding NATO?
Do Juncker and Merkel really believe that they can win a war against Russia without our help? They don’t.
As the dominant EU nation, Merkel was using her control over the European Commission to fund an army that would forcefully stop future countries from following Britain’s exit from the union in much the same manner that Russia used its military to maintain control over the Soviet Union. And, after eight years of endless concessions by Obama, she expects the U.S. taxpayers to pay for it.
We’ve seen Germany’s attempt to dominate Europe in the past. The result was estimated to be 80 million deaths worldwide.
The difference this time is that Merkel expects us to fund that effort. And, Donald Trump is having none of it.