Europe should brace for a reality in which US is no longer a world power – Merkel

Introduction Jim W. Dean – Veterans Today June 27, 2020

… from Russia Today, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: The US world reputation has never been lower than it is now, and it is not all because of Trump. The Republicans have been fully onboard all the way, with the Democrats not far behind.

Surprisingly Merkel admits that the jury is still out on whether liberal economic democracies are the superior system. The US loved emerging power China when it and Japan we buying the US debt every year, like it was a colonizer collecting tribute.

Trump found himself trying to play tough guy against a country holding huge dollar cash reserves, large gold stockpiles, little foreign debt and a booming economy.

China held off modernizing its military while it was doing something much more important long term, establishing China as an economic powerhouse, which could then afford a large, state of the art military to protect it.

Merkel’s call for the EU to begin accepting the reality of defending itself rings hollow, as such a thing will not be financially viable until after a full Covid recovery. The EU was struggling before the virus.

What is missing, showing poor leadership on her part, is that the EU has loved stoking the Russian Bear image, when Putin’s economy was fully absorbed in trying to provide a credible modern defense of his huge country.

A typical example is that despite Russia having the top fighter superiority in its new S-57, it will take a decade of manufacturing production to have the numbers needed for a full air defense, due to its huge territory. Yet, it continues to be falsely labelled an ‘aggressor’, when any military analyst can see it does not have the economy to feasibly support taking and holding territory.

Modern Russia has always presented itself as a good trade partner being in Russia’s best national security interests. It is the US, EU and NATO who thought it would be cool to slowly push NATO up to Russia’s eastern border to have a first strike missile staging threat, a pointed gun at Russia’s head in all future negotiations.

Russia’s response was to use its famed technical expertise to have the most advanced retaliation weapon systems in the world, which were also affordable, funding much of that via conventional arms export sales.

Who really made the bad decisions to bring us to where were are now? The Russians and China? Hardly. China is at the front end of a decade long process to field a modernized and large enough military to defend itselfJim W. Dean ]

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– First published … June 27, 2020 –

The US may voluntarily relinquish its status as a world power and Europeans must brace themselves for such a contingency, including by boosting their militaries, the German chancellor has warned.

European nations need “to carry more of the burden than during the cold war” in terms of defense spending, Merkel said, because they cannot assume that the US will be there to protect them.

“We grew up in the certain knowledge that the United States wanted to be a world power. Should the US now wish to withdraw from that role of its own free will, we would have to reflect on that very deeply,” she said, in an interview published in six European newspapers.

The German leader stopped short of advocating a joint EU military force, the idea favored by French President Emmanuel Macron. She said she saw the value of NATO capabilities, including the shared nuclear umbrella, in a world of the rising Asian powers China and India.

The French leader has a much more skeptical attitude towards the transatlantic defense bloc. Last year he said NATO was “brain dead.”

Merkel lamented the increasing selfishness of nations today, which, she said, contrasts with the unified multilateral response to the 2008 financial crisis. “These days, we have to do all we can to stop ourselves collapsing into protectionism,” she said.

If Europe wants to be heard, then it needs to set a good example.

Protectionist approaches are at the core of the Trump administration’s foreign policy. Under Trump, Washington pushed for the renegotiation of trade deals that the US president saw as unfavorable to his country.

He also dialed up to 11 the criticism of European NATO members like Germany, which fail to meet their military spending obligations, calling them freeloaders. And his administration has made confrontation with China on all fronts a priority, ramping up the pressure on third nations to scare them away from cooperating with Beijing.

Speaking about China, Merkel said its rise “shows that even an undemocratic state can be economically successful, which is a major challenge for our liberal democracies.” This example and other post-cold war developments, from the emergence of the Islamist terrorist threat to the disappointing results of the Arab Spring, are a matter of grave concern for believers in liberal causes like herself.

We have not yet been able to furnish absolute proof that the liberal system is about to win the day.

But Merkel seems reluctant to join the US and go for a major confrontation with China, saying Beijing’s new-found power is a reality that other nations have to learn to live with.

“China has become a global player. That makes us partners in economic cooperation and combating climate change, but also competitors with very different political systems,” she said.

Not to talk to each other would certainly be a bad idea.

The same is true for Russia, the country that the US sees as its other strategic rival. Berlin needs to remain engaged with Moscow despite all issues in their bilateral relations.

“In countries like Syria and Libya, countries in Europe’s immediate neighbourhood, Russia’s strategic influence is great,” Merkel explained. “I will therefore continue to strive for cooperation.”

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3 responses to “Europe should brace for a reality in which US is no longer a world power – Merkel”

  1. “Surprisingly Merkel admits that the jury is still out on whether liberal economic democracies are the superior system”.

    What are liberal democracies? For a start, they are not democracies. Sheeple vote for candidates who are merely franchise holders who must obey the party line and even said party policies are dumped, only to be immediately replaced by policies that were unknown before or during the election. David Cameron had to make a HofCs apology in that his regime failed to implement a single election pledge but had implemented a string of policies that miraculously appeared from some think-tank backroom.

    The EU is often lambasted for its lack of democracy. I say the EU is like this because the classically understood, but nonexistent democracies just don’t work. How does 17.4 million trump 27.6 million? What kind of electromagnetic voodoo makes Labour heartlands vote for the most rightwing regime in British history?

    The EU is the way it is because it needs to compete with China and the US. Amerika isn’t a democracy. A few thousand people in a few swing states decide who is president, regardless that the US is a one-party state, just like the UK.

    “China has become a global player. That makes us partners in economic cooperation and combating climate change, but also competitors with very different political systems,” she said.

    Here is Merkel’s mistake. She thinks the US and UK are economic competitors, not just with the EU, but with China. If the UK sought prosperity through trade, we wouldn’t have left the EU. Look at all the US states that make the union, they all have highly protectionist regulations and policies. You make and sell car window tint in Amerika, every state has its own regulations and there are countless examples that destroys the idea that Amerika is a business-oriented nation. It might be good for corporations, but when was the last time corporations were run like a business? Free Fed money for stock buy-backs?

    Boris says his regime will use billions of debt money to effectively prop up collapsing GDP numbers by building schools, hospitals, and infrastructure projects. They want more railways and roads, but they destroy the car manufacturing business. The illegal electric scooter is going to kill off the famous London bus and the tube network, along with this big move by many businesses to work from home. I see more people on illegal electric scooters than on Boris bikes (really Ken bikes) these days.

    I can’t see cities surviving as they are. And in respect of London, this City bankrolls the UK. The banks were bust before 2008, more bust after 2008 and major US Fed QE started in earnest last year. We are now in the age of permanent QE and the sheeple thinks its all because of Covid.

    As for Russia and Putin, they keep the toxic West at arm’s length while the other arm holds some devastating retaliatory weapons & Russia did this for very little money. The UK built 2 aircraft carriers for around £7 billion. These militarily redundant carriers can’t be deployed, because the Royal Navy doesn’t have the naval capacity to protect these carriers. This was/is a blatant corporate lush, a staggering misuse of public money (debt). The useless F35’s will cost £300 million per plane over their expected operational life. These planes are not combat-ready and probably never will be. If they fix the faults, that £300 billion will go to £400 billion per plane. So expensive are these flying bathtubs that the numbers have been cut to 20 per carrier… could be 20 for both carriers. These planes are so terrible that a comparable Russian plane can fly 5 sorties for every F35 sortie. The whole idea of a carrier is that you can turn your limited number of planes around in double-quick time. This simply can’t happen on the Royal Navies’ new carriers. These carriers can only operate with US naval protection… that fits with 51st State and Boris: “July 4th is our new independence day.” Brexit is hilarious & I’ve not even touched on Trident which required 24/7/365 US support which effectively means that Trident is a US-controlled weapons system.

  2. Carl.
    Mr copy and Paste!

  3. Bare bum in the shower: I wrote that using my brain. Just because I c&p a short section, what is wrong with that? What is your point, assuming you have a point?