POTUS Donald Trump may go down in history as the U.S. president who exposed the European Union for what it has become since the end of the Cold War: A gaggle of ungrateful, Left-wing pretenders who have taken advantage of American generosity for decades.
Following in the footsteps of French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is channeling her monstrous predecessor, Adolph Hitler, in calling for a European army so the European Union can fulfill his objective of conquering the continent while getting rid of the United States military presence there.
In a speech in Strasbourg, Merkel called for a “real, true” EU army in what was seen as a direct rebuke to POTUS Trump, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported.
In addition, Merkel called for the creation of a European Security Council which would be responsible for developing and coordinating defense policy throughout the alliance.
But wait — what about NATO? Germany and most of the EU are all members. Why not just strengthen NATO? Well, Merkel explained, the new EU army would certainly work in conjunction with the longstanding alliance, adding that “only a stronger Europe is going to defend Europe.”
Continuing, Merkel declared, “Europe must take our fate into our own hands if we want to protect our community.”
Is that true, though? Hardly. NATO’s reason for existence is to defend alliance members, which is to say virtually all of the continent. It’s hard to imagine that NATO would not come to the defense of non-members like Sweden, Finland, and Norway, for that matter. (Related: Russia may have just practiced going to war with NATO.)
Just days ago, Macron made similar remarks. In an interview with Europe 1, he talked about renewed Russian aggression and POTUS Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
“I believe in the project of a sovereign Europe. We won’t protect Europe if we don’t decide to have a true European army,” he said, as the Daily Mail reported. “We have to have a Europe that can defend itself alone — and without only relying on the United States in a more sovereign manner.
“We should protect ourselves when it comes to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” he continued — as though the U.S. has or has ever had imperialistic designs on the European continent… like Hitler did.
So, what’s going on here? What’s the deal with Macron and Merkel — and other EU leaders who will no doubt follow suit? The EU leadership and much of the European population resent the fact that POTUS Trump has called them out for taking advantage of American generosity, security, and largess for decades.
But is the president right to call out our European “allies?” In a word, yes. Here’s why:
— POTUS has pointed out that European tariffs on American goods give an unfair advantage to the continent. He’s right, and even European think tanks admit it. “The EU is by no means the paradise for free traders that it likes to think,” said Gabriel Felbermayr, director of the Ifo Center for International Economics, a division of the Munich-based Ifo Institute.
— Merkel is likely miffed at our president because he ‘dared’ to point out the blatant hypocrisy of a natural gas deal in the works between Germany and Russia. Fox Business reported: “Germany, one of America’s closest allies, is doubling its energy imports from Russia’s Gazprom just as the U.S. continues to spend billions of dollars to protect Germany and the rest of Europe from Russia.” The absurdity of this should be self-evident.
— The EU is opposed to the Trump administration’s decision to back out of the horrid “nuclear deal” with Iran and is currently looking at ways around U.S. sanctions in order to continue enriching a regime that is destabilizing the Middle East.
What’s ironic here — and hypocritical — is that Merkel and Macron detest POTUS Trump’s “America first” attitude but in acting out their anger are seeking to put “Europe first.”