America Alone: Sabotaging the Atlantic Alliance

By Ronald Horvath | Jun 08, 2018

 

"We should beware of the demagogues who are willing to declare a trade war against our friends, weakening our economy, our national security, and the entire free world, all while cynically waving the American flag." -Ronald Reagan

 

"Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, just told Breitbart News. “There are a lot of conservatives throughout Europe who have contacted me to say they are feeling there is a resurgence going on,” he said. “I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders. I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left.”



"the one politician he named — “I’m a big fan” — is Sebastian Kurz, a center-right politician who has criticized Merkel, borrowed language from the radical right and currently rules Austria in coalition with the Freedom Party, a nativist, pro-Russian and anti-pluralist party.”



"In Germany, the equivalent of Kurz and the Freedom party is not Merkel. The equivalent is the Alternative for Germany, a nativist, pro-Russian and anti-pluralist party whose leader has just said that the Nazi era was nothing but “bird s–––,” an easily dismissed episode in the successful thousand-year history of Germany. Elsewhere in Europe, the equivalents are the other members of what might be called the Populist International, the nativist, pro-Russian and anti-pluralist parties that are indeed growing in strength in some countries. Just in case anybody missed Grenell’s point, Breitbart’s helpful headline clarified it: “Trump’s right hand man in Europe wants to empower European anti-establishment conservatives.”

 

"Its propagandists nod, wink and put a new spin on old words — swapping “globalist” for “Jewish,” for example, as in “international globalist conspiracy.” Grenell’s hints were intended for Breitbart’s readers: They know this game, and they know that when Grenell says “empowering other conservatives throughout Europe,” he doesn’t mean that he supports the ruling coalition in the country where he is serving as U.S. ambassador. I repeat: It means that he supports their opponents.”

 

"If Grenell has been sent to Germany in order to destabilize Merkel’s coalition, then a case can be made in his support: Maybe this is U.S. policy now; he’s just carrying it out. If Grenell has been sent to Germany in order to destabilize the Atlantic alliance, then he’s doing well at that, too: Most of the Populist International is strongly anti-American, pro-Russian and opposed to NATO. Grenell’s first action, on his first day in his new job, was to tweet an order to German companies doing business in Iran, telling them they should “wind down operations immediately.” This, too, was badly received.

 


But if those are not his orders — and I’m sure someone will now deny that they are — then a different set of questions has to be asked. Why is the U.S. ambassador to Germany giving an interview to Breitbart? Why is he involving himself in partisan politics? For that matter, why is he an American ambassador at all?"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/06/04/trumps-ambassador-to-germany-is-making-a-fool-out-of-himself-and-the-u-s/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.13e51fef9ff5

 

 

"President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy...  This is code red. The biggest threat to the integrity of our democracy today is in the Oval Office."  -Thomas Friedman

 

 

"Russians not only affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election — they decided it, says James Clapper, who served as the director of national intelligence in the Obama administration, and during the 2016 vote.  "To me, it just exceeds logic and credulity that they didn’t affect the  election, and it’s my belief they actually turned it,” he told the PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff on Wednesday."

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/russia-turned-election-for-trump-clapper-believes

Comments (1)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jun 10, 2018 06:17

"WASHINGTON ― Just two years after working to put Donald Trump in the White House, Russian leader Vladimir Putin is now getting help from Trump to achieve foreign policy objectives that Russia has sought for years.


Trump has loudly criticized the NATO military alliance as unduly burdensome for the United States. He has started a trade war with many of those same allies. And on his way to the G-7 summit of industrialized democracies Friday morning, he suggested that those nations re-admit Russia to the gathering ― even though Russia continues to occupy part of Ukraine, the reason it was expelled from the group in the first place.

“If this were a screenplay, Hollywood would have thrown it out as too ridiculous,” said Tom Nichols, a Russia expert at the Naval War College. “I can’t think of anybody who thinks this is a good idea.”

“Today crystallizes precisely why Putin was so eager to see Trump elected,” said Ned Price, a former CIA analyst and the National Security Council spokesman under then-President Barack Obama. “For Putin, this is return on his investment, and it’s safe to say that his investment has paid off beyond even his wildest dreams.”


https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-policies-vladimir-putin_us_5b1aed83e4b09d7a3d726414



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