Thursday, 12 July 2018

Trump dismantles NATO’s Secretary General

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--Pepe Escobar

Trump CRUSHES Nato Secretary General with massive truth bomb rant (Video)
Watch Trump dismantle NATO’s Secretary General, who turns to some good old fashion butt kissing to win Trump over.

11 July, 2018

US President Donald Trump gave NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg a tongue lashing on NATO’s failure to crank up its defense spending, while calling out Germany for its complete dependance on Russian oil and gas.

Check out the video below for the best parts of Trump’s epic take down of Stoltenberg (and Merkel)…

Of course Trump is preparing the way for his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, setting up some negotiating points for public consumption, before the two leaders face off in Helsinki on July 16th.

Trump however is also signaling his disdain for the Brussels technocrats running NATO, a military alliance with no purpose or point for existence. Trump is obviously displaying his lack of patience with NATO’s decades of freeloading, while also calling out Germany’s two-faced hypocrisy…feeding off the US taxpayer to protect them against an ‘invading Russia’, while at the same time outsourcing its entire energy infrastructure to Russia.

POTUS Trump called Germany a hostage of Russia, criticizing the bloc members that approved the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe.

Trump blasted Stoltenberg during a working breakfast…

Germany is captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia. They pay billions of dollars to Russia and we have to defend them against Russia.”

This is a defense and energy shake down from Trump towards NATO, while at the same time laying the groundwork for a meeting with Putin, which will possibly see European energy and NATO discussed as perhaps some kind of grand bargain between the two leaders…because today, during his NATO breakfast, Trump just exposed how weak, inept, and corrupt NATO has become.

Via RT

Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected Trump’s assertion, saying that Berlin makes its own independent decisions and policies.

Germany has resisted US pressure to block Nord Stream 2, which is due to be completed in 2019. The project is an expansion of the existing Nord Stream natural gas pipeline which opened in 2011. The pipeline has been a source of contention for over a year, pitting the US and a small number of Eastern European countries, including Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and others, on one side, against Russia and major EU members, led by Germany, on the other.

The expanded pipeline aims to ensure a reliable supply of Russian gas to central and western Europe. It includes a 759 mile (1,222km) natural gas pipeline running on the bed of the Baltic Sea from Russian gas fields to Germany. It will double the existing Nord Stream pipeline’s current annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters and is expected to become operational by the end of next year.

The EU has suffered considerable economic losses due to the US-led push to block trade with Russia since 2014. By contrast, the US has been largely unaffected, and has even profited somewhat from the sale of pricey liquefied natural gas (LNG) that Washington has promoted as the alternative to cheaper Russian fuel.

Last month, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said that while US politicians are accusing Europe of being dependent on Russian gas, Washington was force-feeding Europe its liquefied natural gas, which is three times more expensive than natural gas from Russia.

With less than a week to go before President Trump is scheduled to meet with President Putin in Helsinki, the State Department has decided to renew its pressure campaign on Western businesses invested in Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany.

According to Reuters, the State Department has doubled down on previous warnings to Europe, most recently in May when Trump gave Merkel an ultimatum to drop the Russian gas pipeline, and has been "making it clear" to firms involved with "the Russian energy export pipeline sector" that they're at risk of being sanctioned.

"We have been clear that firms working in the Russian energy export pipeline sector are engaging in a line of business that carries sanctions risk," a spokesman for the U.S. State Department told Reuters.

"We believe it (the pipeline) would undermine Europe’s overall energy security and stability by providing Russia another tool for the political coercion of European countries, especially Ukraine. Russia understands that this project is dividing Europe, and is using that to its advantage."

The warning comes after President Trump accused Germany of being a "captive of Russia" because of its dependence on the pipeline for LNG, unleashing a diplomatic scandal ahead of his official NATO visit.....

With the passing of the Soviet Union, NATO is an alliance without a purpose, and the US president is not afraid to say so

Donald Trump continued his round of criticism for the aging North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as he prepared for an upcoming trip to Europe that will culminate in a July 16th summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Peter Lavelle comments (via Facebook)

Germany’s energy security for dummies: Europe wants reasonably priced natural gas from Russia. Russia want to sell Europe reasonably priced natural gas (and the Germans being Germans want to be first among Europeans to transact this). 

Ukraine was once (before and after the neo-Nazis took over in Kiev) the transit country conduit for such natural gas. American and European neocons backed illegal regime change in Kiev in 2014, flipping Ukraine against Russia. 

Neocon ideology and American Exceptionalism won, but the politics of energy did not change. Ukraine officially and stupidly refuses to be a reliable energy transit country from Russia to Europe. American energy exports (LNG) to Europe are expensive, but also a wet dream for American energy companies. 

Russia does not trust Ukraine to be a transit country (and Germany doesn’t either, but shamelessly won’t say so). Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines are smart and beneficial to Germany (Europe) and Russia. 

But this is the point, it is not beneficial to the U.S. So Trump gets a cheap debating point. 

Germany (Europe) can’t say Russia is a security threat without admitting its strong (and beneficial) energy relationship with Russia. So the EU and NATO have to admit what is obvious – it calls Russia a threat because Washington simply says so (because it is about energy politics and not security policy). EU: stand up! NATO: disappear! 

Problem solved.

From the liberal Independent:

Angela Merkel responds that: 'I've experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany'

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