Donald Trump campaigned on a simple message of bringing jobs back to America. He blamed bad trade deals and talked of America being taken advantage of. The American people like what Trump had to say, but the foreign nations on the other end aren’t as pleased. Why? Because their days of taking advantage of the US are at an end. In fact, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after meeting with Trump, gave a speech where she declared that Europe must “take our fate into our own hands”.
— CNN (@CNN) May 30, 2017
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Why are the Germans upset? After all, they’re the ones who try to take more of a leadership role for years. As recently as last year, the German Minister of Defense argued for an integrated European military force as part of her ideas that German needed to be a part of a United States of Europe.(1)(2) As I highlighted in last week’s post, the EU isn’t carrying its weight in military spending in NATO or even for their own self-defense. Perhaps an EU force, independent of the US is the recipe for their determination to spend money on their own defense.
The idea of keeping Germany integrated is based on the idea that after two world wars, international integration will keep the nation in check and prevent it from conquering the continent. Yes, you read that correctly. Europe shakes in its boots at a united Germany at full strength and was hoping US leadership, spending and military bases would keep them safe. But it’s been a long time since Victory Europe, so perhaps the Europeans just need to grow up a little.
Blindly Go Along With Europe
The “blindly go along with Europe” routine was also disrupted by Trump’s failure to honor the Paris Agreement. The agreement was negotiated by 195 nations in hopes of slowing the pace of global temperature increases to 1.5° C. Agreement aside, Trump can’t withdraw from a treaty that hasn’t even been ratified by the Senate. President Obama said that it was an “executive agreement” and committed the US to it, perhaps illegally.
Another such agreement, the Kyoto Protocol, was international treaty from 1992 that had similar goals. The funny part of the Kyoto agreement is that the changes laid out were things the member nations had already done within their own nations. By the time of signing no more curbing of fossil fuels was taking actually place. The Paris Agreement, however, is largely based on the thesis that the US and China are responsible for 40% of carbon emissions and thus will be expected to make the most changes. The real target, I believe, is American and Chinese manufacturing.
The 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which sought to cut emissions 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. DID NOT HAPPEN so let’s try another! pic.twitter.com/GqWcBXWsLX
— #ShariaSheeple (@DontBlowItTrump) June 1, 2017
Domestically, US regulations, from manufacturing to light bulbs are largely created by megacorporation’s to make the cost of compliance so high that their competition has to exit the market. These “job killing regulations” Republicans are constantly complaining about is their way of trying to correct the mistakes made when politicians were little more than hit men for big energy. When Trump talks about “leaving” the Paris Agreement while talking about jobs; I have a feeling he’s referring to the agreements’ inevitable thwarting of American manufacturing.
— J. Dice 🎲 (@jdice03) May 26, 2017
It was however at the NATO Ceremony to celebrate/commemorate (?edit please) that President Trump stated directly that the Europeans were not paying their fair share- a total that adds up to $119 Billion over the last 8 years. (3) (In case you missed it, President Trump likes to highlight in speeches, press releases, and other reports the 8-year timeline to continue to highlight the Obama years.) He furthermore underscored that despite their not paying their fair share, aka taking America for a ride, they still managed to build a brand new beautiful building, a building “…and I never asked once what the new NATO headquarters cost…”. He didn’t go as far as to say it, but that building was paid for by American taxpayers to support an organization I’m no longer sold on.
It cost $1.23 Billion by-the-way.
Does this mean however that the US will be an unreliable partner as the liberal media suggests? I’d highlight that the US has gone above and beyond to help sick and old Europe, a continent that appears to by digging a deeper hole for itself through socialism and unfettered immigration. My take is that Brexit wasn’t just about British sovereignty, they see the writing on the wall for the EU and don’t want to be dragged down with it.
Europe is ancient compared to the US. They have managed to keep themselves alive over a significant history and the idea that they need us is also highly exaggerated. So many years of American involvement in Europe in the name of maintaining the Cold Peace that was the communist threat has kept Europe marching to the drumbeat of a generation long dead and buried. We have new frontiers to overcome, new enemies to fight and still, a Russia that’s not going to roll tanks through anytime soon.
More US forces needed in Europe to deter Russia, experts say – News – Stripes https://t.co/KVFb9QjA07
— Veterans March 2017 (@VetsUnitedMarch) May 26, 2017
We do however have a lot to lose by shifting away from the EU. The outsourcing of their defense to the US has given us an advantage and element of control where we otherwise would have none. If you’ve ever read Confessions of an Economic Hitman, you’ll read an interesting tale of the US’s adventures in manipulating foreign nations into subservience to the US agenda with debt. If true, it is just one of many tools, like defense, that we use to maintain our empire while democratizing the world.
But what’s Trump’s real goal here? Clearly, America has gotten bad deal after bad deal largely by leaders who play the globalist integration tune at the detriment to US interests. Moving towards an integrated world to benefit the US, not sucking the freedom loving life out of it, is a concept foreign to our politicians who are usually just as comfortable eating their young as they are selling out America. The more criticism I hear from a Europe that’s been taking us for a ride for decades, the more I’m glad we have someone batting on our team for once.