Trumping Europe.

HSBC building in Hong Kong after the Sutherland Springs church shooting. From Ace

Have you been paying attention as the President toured Asia? Quite a lot to think about, none of which have you seen on the news. Don Sarber blogging at The Spectator covers it well.

First, Kim Jong Un did not do squat. He cannot. His nuke program just collapsed — mysteriously — on October 10, likely killing all his scientists and technicians working on the project.

Second, Prime Minister Abe and the Trumps had a good old time. Played golf. Fed fish. Popped in on the emperor — unbowed. And oh, yeah, there was this:

Japan will impose additional sanctions on North Korea in response to the continuing threat posed by the reclusive nation’s missile and nuclear programmes, Japan’s top government spokesman said on Tuesday.

The sanctions, mentioned by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, will freeze the assets of nine organizations and 26 individuals, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

“The North Korean missile and nuclear issue is a pressing threat unseen before. Its provocative actions, in which it has ignored the severe warnings of international society, are totally unacceptable,” he said.

Then he went to Seoul to talk to the General Assembly:

President Trump told North Korea to “not underestimate us,” in a speech before the South Korea’s National Assembly Wednesday morning local time.

“Do not underestimate us. Do not try us. We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity, and our sacred liberty,” Mr. Trump said.

The president, who has softened his rhetoric on North Korea in recent days, urged other nations including Russia and China to sever economic ties with the rogue state. Mr. Trump, in the middle of his nearly two-week Asia trip, heads to Beijing next.

“The time for excuses is over,” Mr. Trump said. “Now is the time for strength.”

The president spent much of his speech contrasting the success of South Korea with its neighbor to the north, saying South Korea’s success threatens North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s “dark fantasy.” Mr. Trump said North Korea looks to cause trouble abroad to avoid the reality of failure at home.

Then he went to China.

Chairman Xi gave Trump the honor of being the first foreign dignitary to dine in the Forbidden City.

Ever.

The Chinese then signed memorandums of understanding to invest $250 billion (a quarter trillion) in U.S. projects over the next two decades. That includes $83.7 billion in West Virginia.

Guys, West Virginia’s annual GDP is $74.9 billion.

And then in Danang (yeah if you’re my age, no map required, right?)

The current trade imbalance is not acceptable. I do not blame China or any other country, of which there are many, for taking advantage of the United States on trade. If their representatives are able to get away with it, they are just doing their jobs. I wish previous administrations in my country saw what was happening and did something about it. They did not, but I will.

From this day forward, we will compete on a fair and equal basis. We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore. I am always going to put America first the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first.

(Applause.)

They applauded because Trump treated them with respect, and he praised them for besting the Americans. Asians don’t often get that from Westerners. Certainly, it is a first for an American president.

You won that round, he told them. We’ll work harder on the next one.

My understanding is Asians want to save face. He gave them that. They can now lose the next round without humiliation because, hey, they won the first round. Fair and square. Without Russian meddling.

Today Trump is in the Philippines — which banned Obama last year.

Meantime, halfway around the world, in Central Europe, there is this, from Warsclerotic

Pictured: The Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group countries meet in Prague on December 3, 2015. From left to right: Slovakia’s Robert Fico, Poland’s Beata Szydło, Czech Republic’s Bohuslav Sobotka and Hungary’s Viktor Orbán. (Image source: Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland)

The US president may be an arch-villain in Western Europe, but in Central Europe, he is a superhero. For years, Central European countries have respectfully disagreed with the Green millenarianism of the EU. Still catching up after 50 years of communism, they do not have the financial means for the “energy transition”. They see no rational reason to exchange their cheap electricity for the most expensive electricity on Earth, with no measurable impact whatsoever on “climate”. Before Trump, they felt alone, and weak in front of the economic (and moral) supremacy of Germany. Now, they know they are not alone.

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Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel recognized that multiculturalism has failed. All scientific studies show that a significant number of Muslims in Europe are fundamentalist; and that thousands of young European Muslims went to Syria to join ISIS. And yet, it is insufferable to Brussels and Berlin, to hear that the people of Central Europe have no intention of following the same path.

The European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU have made sure, through ruling after ruling, that it is virtually impossible to expel a “refugee” after his asylum request has been rejected.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) defines itself as a scientific body, although in reality, unsurprisingly, it is a purely political body. In composition, competence or functioning, there is not a shred of science in the IPCC. Yet, in the name of this “science”, European politicians are extracting from their people trillions in additional taxes, building pyramids of new regulations and inflicting prohibitions in every sphere of human activity.

On immigration, on sustainable development and on many other subjects, the convergence between the United States and Central Europe is now as evident as the new divide between Western Europe and Central Europe.

The European mindset is shifting. Twenty-three of the 28 governments of the European Union now have parliamentarian majorities on the center-right of the political spectrum. Everywhere in Europe, the “left” is on the run.

This is particularly true in Central Europe. The soon-to-be Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz won the election on an anti-immigration platform and is on the verge of forming a government with the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) which owes its own success to the same topic.

In the Czech Republic, political parties on the right now hold 157 of the 200 seats in the Parliament and tycoon Andrej Babis­ ­— “the Czech Trump” — is set to be the next prime minister.

All in all, the “Visegrad Group” peoples — Czechs, Hungarians, Poles and Slovaks — plus the Austrians, have voted in the most conservative governments we have seen in Europe for almost 30 years, since the fall of Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom.

You know, sometimes I have the feeling that we Americans have the ability to reinvent ourselves in each generation or so – to present the things that the world need leading in. Maybe that is our definition of leadership. It may well be a figment of an old man’s mind, but to me, the old, drunken men leading Europe, are looking almost as relevant as Nikita Kruschev in 1963.

 

 

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14 Responses to Trumping Europe.

  1. the unit says:

    But, but, but I saw a headline the Trump is being taken.
    Maybe they mean Trump effect is taking. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Yeah, I know. Last night somebody on Sky admitted, just barely, sort of, whisperings, that the trip might have done a bit of good. 🙂

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  2. Da Nang, http://dlagrza.com/History/1stBn3rdMarVietnam(1965to1969.pdf

    The 3rd American Marine Division was in Da Nang, from 1965 to 1969! Elements of the 3rd Marine Recon, both Battalion and 3rd Force Recon were in and out “in country” during these years, from Da Nang to Dong Ha, etc. Wow, were all getting older, 1968 will be 50 years ago next year! I was 19 then, I am 68 now.

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    • And yes, always Semper Fi to the American Marine Corps, especially the 3rd Marine Division!

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    • NEO says:

      That struck me over the weekend, when I started school, it was only 15 years after D-Day – time does get away.

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      • Indeed time gets more precious as we age, as our memories also, but God In Christ holds time, as too memory for all of us!

        And btw too, I am amazed how basically ignorant so many Americans are about the history of the Vietnam War ? It would be very nice if someone in Hollywood made an historical movie about the Battle of Hue! (pronounced “Way”) Both American Marines, and the Army 101st Air Mobile, the latter who kept the enemy from re-enforcing Hue during the battle, from which the Marines were already outnumbered. But of course the Marines won the day, early in the Tet of 1968.

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        • NEO says:

          Agreed, and agreed, Hue was a war winner, even at home if you could read between the lines, you could feel it. But then that traitorous Cronkrite got on the air and we managed to throw it away.

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  3. the unit says:

    Ah yup, I’m being taken by the years. 🙂
    Seeing the name Sarber made me think of the old radio talk host Barry Farber. Went to see if still tickin’. Yep, 87 now and as of 2016 filling in for Laura Ingraham. I haven’t heard him in years and didn’t get to listen to Ingraham much. Really don’t listen to radio anymore either.

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    • NEO says:

      Funny isn’t it, mine runs a lot, but it has more to do with the quality of the voice than anything they say. I try talk radio and podcasts once in a while, never seem to hold my attention. It why I like the BBC Local stations, interesting voices and mostly old music. Of course, the news is useless, but then, so was AM radio’s in the 60s. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        You’ve mentioned listening to BBC Local before. I don’t know if there’s a local near me. Back when I listened to NPR they used to have BBC on early morning before 6 am. It was interesting then, probably 10 or more years ago. I’m always up early I’ll check and see.

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        • NEO says:

          The one I listen to is BBC Norfolk, out of Norwich, habit mostly but some of the announcers I do like. I use an internet radio on my ‘puter (well, actually a Raspberry pi that shares monitor and such). It’s how I watch sky as well, cut cable off here long ago, most quite replaceable. Other things available. $100 bucks a month I can spend on other stupid stuff. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I see. Wife has phone that does a lot. I just have a phone phone. Don’t think I could handle Raspberry pi. Have hard enough time daily with a new Strawberry bruise that I get. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Not complex to use, a bit to set up. If you can handle windows you could handle it. But it’s not as good as it used to be, and I find myself using Amazon video more lately, anyway. Few free lunches around, it seems! 🙂

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