America Abandons Europe

Sixty-one years to this day since the film clip that follows was made, the US Secretary for Defence, Robert Gates, now retiring having served under  both George Bush and Barak Obama, has given notice that the US can no longer work alongside its European Allies, who now apparently show no concern for their own proper defence. The report is in the EU Observer this morning, linked here, and the most telling quote from the speech is quoted under the video:

Victorious Generals Welcomed, 11th June 1945 (War History).

“The blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the US Congress – and in the American body politic writ large – to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defence.”

Unspoken, is the obvious inference, that the countries of Europe, having abandoned democracy, are no longer fit partners in the defence of Liberty.

Worse if the Greek default continues to be deferred, and reality therefore remains ignored by the EU powers that be, the almost certain outcome will be widespread civil unrest resulting in an end result as awful as a return to the horrors of the Mussolini and Hitler tyrannies!

Europe’s former nations stand on the brink of chaos, yet their leaders concern themselves with trifles!

This post first appeared on Ironies Too, on Saturday 11th June at 07:34 AM BST.

11 comments for “America Abandons Europe

  1. David Capman
    June 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    The saddest part of that is that it will be music to the ears of some European traditions who hold a deep-seated anti-US xenophobia. It’s also largely what French politicians have been working towards for years.

    So sad that a British Prime Minister would reside comfortably within it.

    • Lord T
      June 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      You don’t have to be anti US to think this may be a good thing.

      If the US has to go alone they may be less willing to invade, sorry, apply regime change in other countries.

      I wonder sometimes what the benefits of our special relationship are now. I still get photographed and fingerprinted while Mexican get a free pass in. I have to conform to them dictating that my personal data gets transferred to them even when I’m not going to the US. Are we special or not?

      I see the US as a close friends but sometime even close friends step out of line and need to be reigned in. Even the big ones and if they don’t respect you then they are not really friends. I think the US has assumed too much about our relationship for a long time now and our *cough* leaders have done us over so they can get a photo op at the white house.

      We can still trade and go into partnerships when we both agree it is right. The US policy on defence isn’t necessarily the right one for the UK. Not that I agree what our useless politicians have done either. A strategy for our role on the world stage is long overdue and should be done sooner rather than later.

      • June 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm

        Lord T, interesting that you spot a silver lining.

        An IHT columnist, Judy Dempsey, in the print edition of today, (I cannot yet find a link,) sees the same from a US viewpoint.

        I have re-typed the concluding paragraphs below, the comment is titled “Beginning of the end for NATO” and is about Robert Gates sppech in Berlin.

        There may be a bright side to this.
        The United Staes has long encouraged the European Union to develop a security policy so that the Europeans can take care of their own backyards like Bosnia, Moldova,, the southern Mediterranean, Belarus,Ukraine and the Caucasus. So far, the Union has shown few signs of strategic thinking, not to speak of defense coordination.
        That is why last November, Britain and France agreed to a far-reaching deal over military cooperation. “The agreement called into question the sustainability and relevance of the E.U.’s security and defense policy,” said Clara Marina O’Donnell, defence expert at the at the Centre for European Reform in London.
        Other European countries mostly ignored the deal. It might take the gradual withdrawal of the United States to convince the Europeans that they need a long term security strategy that deserves its name.

        Excuse typos, look out for the whole item, online soon.

  2. derek M
    June 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    All the great European dictatore came to power through riots on the streets, way back as far as Napoleon. Who is waiting in the wings this time?

  3. June 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    who now apparently show no concern for their own proper defence

    Not an accident in the least. Not even incompetence. Design.

  4. June 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Unspoken, is the obvious inference, that the countries of Europe, having abandoned democracy, are no longer fit partners in the defence of Liberty.

    Could well be, but it bothers me far more that they’d already abandoned liberty for democracy, and like Longrider I’m not all that fired up about democracy. It saddens me even more that the US is following that same path rather than being the one leading the world away from it. Oh, they bang on about democracy a lot there, but democracy is not and never was liberty – it’s a thief dressed in liberty’s clothing. Yes, better a thief in liberty’s clothing than, say, a murderer in a uniform, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to pretend that the disguise is the reality.

  5. June 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    On my blog, I do from time to time, try to remember to remind readers that I use the term democracy, as the right to periodically remove our rulers without bloodshed, as defined by Karl Popper, all else being tyranny, which is what we have now got.

    It is too sloppy a term to use loosely and has been much abused, as I suppose is liberty. Having sacrificed the right to “boot the buggers out” we steadily lose everything else, especially that which in less cynical times, the founding fathers of NATO understood by the term Liberty.

    There was an extraordinary attack on the Robert Gates speech in “The Spectator On Line”, which I read today. Ignorance about rights and privileges requiring constant vigilance and protection, seem everywhere ignored.

    What is defence spending for anyway? It seems to me is the only burning question being asked across the EU?

    I wonder if the tenders received for HMS Ark Royal put on sale today, will even fund one tenth of the money today dedicated by Cameron for third world vaccinations.

    • David Capman
      June 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      …’I wonder if the tenders received for HMS Ark Royal put on sale today, will even fund one tenth of the money today dedicated by Cameron for third world vaccinations’…

      I wonder how much that aid money as a proportion of GDP over the lifespan of the Ark’s lifetime has been guaranteed and stabilised simply because the ship itself existed, and once upon a time, there was the political will behind it to use it properly.

  6. June 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Or, “America is getting sick of fighting for you people who won’t defend yourselves,” as paraphrased by Ann Althouse.

  7. June 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I shouldn’t worry about the American politicians, the arrogant, boorish buffoons are finished, they just don’t realise it yet. Their debt and hyper-inflation will destroy them.

  8. June 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

    The state of defence in this country is dire. To set up an EU force is to play into the hands of Germany.

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