July 13, 2018

Pat Bucahnan nails Trump's comments on Germany

Here I was naively expecting a great quote from the Strzok hearings at Congress which turned out to be a shout-fest and a for the most part a missed opportunity for the Republicans (save a few worthy moments, especially from Trey Gowdy). But this quote from Pat Buchanan has to be the quote of the week as it sums up perfectly the reason president Trump unloaded on a freeloading Germany this week.

The president unapologetically dressed-down German leadership for it's shameless self-serving deal with Russia.

The media was apoplectic; You can't say things like that!

First, here's the set-up of the circumstances leading up to the dressing-down. Germany spends considerably less than the NATO mandated 2% of GDP on defense.  And while NATO was created as a common defense against the former Soviet Union, Germany has reached a self-serving deal to get more cheap natural gas from Russia, which is fine in a vacuum if Russia were not a bad actor on the world stage and Germany wasn't defaulting on it's NATO obligation and indeed putting it's own security at risk. And, as Buchanan puts it:
Germany spends 1.2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense, while the U.S. spends 3.5 percent. Why? Why -- nearly three decades after the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, the crackup of the Soviet Union and the overthrow of the Communist dictatorship in Moscow -- are we still defending European nations that collectively have 10 times the GDP of Vladimir Putin's Russia?
Indeed, "Why?" Buchanan has nailed it.  It's not just Germany undercutting it's NATO partners in a self-serving way, it is doing so for it's own financial wealth when Germany is far richer than Russia and far richer than Germany was at the formation of NATO. The president was right.  Pat Buchanan is right. Done.

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