Merkel knows that Germany cannot survive without US support.
at a CDU election rally in Munich, German Chancellor Angela Merkel
said that Europe “must take its fate into its own hands.”
AFP headline read…“Merkel
warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners.”
who has single-handedly destroyed most of the European Union in favor
of globalist, neo-liberal values, knows full well that without US
support Germany will never be able to assert its power over the rest
of the EU.
Merkel’s speech more of a globalist plea for help and support from
elitist friends, instead of a statement of strength.
with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s
presidency, Merkel said “die zeiten, in denen wir uns auf andere
völlig verlassen konnten, sind ein Stück vorbei”, or loosely
translated “the times in which we could completely depend on others
are on the way out” and added that “I’ve experienced that in
the last few days.”
then said that while Germany and Europe would strive to remain on
good terms with America and Britain, “we have to fight for our own
destiny” and she also said that special emphasis was needed on warm
relations between Berlin and newly-elected French President Emmanuel
comments came after Trump said during the G-7 meeting he needed more
time to decide if the US would continue backing the Paris climate
deal, which has frustrated European diplomats.
Snowden, and many other pundits, took to twitter to reflect on the
gravity of Merkel’s statement…
Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he
is a danger to the world. He must be removed from the White House
before things get even worse.
Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not
possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the
significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it.
He doesn't read. He doesn't bother to peruse important files and
intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has
identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they
are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.
is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times,
he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these
words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone,
they apply to Trump. And one of the media's tasks is to continue
telling things as they are: Trump has to be removed from the White
House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world.
is a miserable politician. He fired the FBI director simply because
he could. James Comey had gotten under his skin with his
investigation into Trump's confidants. Comey had also refused to
swear loyalty and fealty to Trump and to abandon the investigation.
He had to go.
an American Tragedy
is also a miserable boss. His people invent excuses for him and lie
on his behalf because they have to, but then Trump wakes up and posts
tweets that contradict what they have said. He doesn't care that his
spokesman, his secretary of state and his national security adviser
had just denied that the president had handed Russia (of all
countries) sensitive intelligence gleaned from Israel (of all
countries). Trump tweeted: Yes, yes, I did, because I can. I'm
president after all.
is as it should be in this White House. Everyone working there has
been compromised multiple times and now they all despise each other -
and everyone except for Trump despises Trump. Because of all that,
after just 120 days of the Trump administration, we are witness to an
American tragedy for which there are five theoretical solutions.
first is Trump's resignation, which won't happen. The second is that
Republicans in the House and Senate support impeachment, which would
be justified by the president's proven obstruction of justice, but
won't happen because of the Republicans' thirst for power, which they
won't willingly give up. The third possible solution is the
invocation of the 25th Amendment, which would require the cabinet to
declare Trump unfit to discharge the powers of the presidency. That
isn't particularly likely either. Fourth: The Democrats get ready to
fight and win back majorities in the House and Senate in midterm
elections, which are 18 months away, before they then pursue option
two, impeachment. Fifth: the international community wakes up and
finds a way to circumvent the White House and free itself of its
dependence on the U.S. Unlike the preceding four options, the fifth
doesn't directly solve the Trump problem, but it is nevertheless
necessary - and possible.
Goals and No Strategy
quite two weeks ago, a number of experts and politicians focused on
foreign policy met in Washington at the invitation of the Munich
Security Conference. It wasn't difficult to sense the atmosphere of
chaos and agony that has descended upon the city.
U.S. elected a laughing stock to the presidency and has now made
itself dependent on a joke of a man. The country is, as David Brooks
wrote recently in the New York Times, dependent on a child. The Trump
administration has no foreign policy because Trump has consistently
promised American withdrawal while invoking America's strength. He
has promised both no wars and more wars. He makes decisions according
to his mood, with no strategic coherence or tactical logic. Moscow
and Beijing are laughing at America. Elsewhere, people are worried.
the Pacific, warships - American and Chinese - circle each other in
close proximity. The conflict with North Korea is escalating. Who can
be certain that Donald Trump won't risk nuclear war simply to save
his own skin? Efforts to stop climate change are in trouble and many
expect the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because Trump is
wary of legally binding measures. Crises, including those in Syria
and Libya, are escalating, but no longer being discussed. And who
should they be discussed with? Phone calls and emails to the U.S.
State Department go unanswered. Nothing is regulated, nothing is
stable and the trans-Atlantic relationship hardly exists anymore.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Bundestag Foreign Affairs
Committee Chair Norbert Röttgen fly back and forth, but Germany and
the U.S. no longer understand each other. Hardly any real
communication takes place, there are no joint foreign policy goals
and there is no strategy.
"Game of Thrones," the Mad King was murdered (and the child
that later took his place was no better). In real life, an immature
boy sits on the throne of the most important country in the world. He
could, at any time, issue a catastrophic order that would immediately
be carried out. That is why the parents cannot afford to take their
eyes off him even for a second. They cannot succumb to exhaustion
because he is so taxing. They ultimately have to send him to his room
- and return power to the grownups.