A Big Week

So the G7 today in Canada, then on to Singapore for the Nork summit, and then the IG report drops. Quite the week coming up. We’ll talk about the G7 today, although I find Europe increasingly irrelevant.

Benny Avni has a pretty good piece up at the New York Post so we’ll base off that.

Well before his threatened steel and aluminum restrictions on European countries (as well as on Canada and Mexico), Trump slaughtered some of Europe’s most sacred cows.

He withdrew from the Paris accord on greenhouse-gas emissions and broke away from the Iran deal. Europeans strongly believe the former will save the planet. (It won’t.) They also hope the latter will tame the Islamic Republic. (Again, nope.) As important, they want their continent’s economies to have access to Iranian markets.

Then Trump offended the Euros’ collective sense of decorum by moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

But on that, as on other issues, Europeans are far from united.

And strangely, America pretty much is, at least the part of America that hasn’t run screaming in terror to their safe spaces. We seem to have become far more level-headed with Trump in the White House, which I think goes with having a President that at least appears to listen to us, and take us seriously.

What I see in Trump is a man who uses all applicable tools, trade, aid, defense policy, the military itself, tariffs, even Twitter to help the US win. It’s a worldbeater, especially in a world of globalist technocrats who focus on process, not results. What we are doing now is the American way, best described by Great Satan’s Girlfriend, in my article Hyper Puissance, The American Way, and Donald Trump

Which may funnily enough hinge on a factor that is flat out tough to factor in:

Unbridled free inquiry.

“Courtney, free societies have, in general, a decided advantage when it comes to creativity and innovation, including in the military realm. However, it’s a bit more complicated than that”

All the cool kids know how Great Satan’s indispensable ally just to the east of Durand line sold access to that ditched sexed up chopper of Abottabad/Abottagood infamy. Theft of high tech and reverse engineering are the fortunes of unfree regimes and will directly impact the Diffusion of Military of Power.

Stuff that makes the West the Best — Wonderbra, BvB, individualism, scientific inquiry, rational critical thinking, democracy with it’s inherent capitalism, political freedom, dissidence and open free wheeling debate functions as kryptonite in Smallville in regards to autocrazies, despotries — and by extension — to their acquisition, development and deployment of military power.

And central to that common sense, what stops a criminal regime, like Iran, is military force, and plenty of it. Why did you think we are having a summit in Singapore next week with Whoa Fat because Trump has great hair? It’s B2s and CBGs, and Infantry in the south, and above all a President not afraid to use them. It’ll work on Iran too, or they’ll die, which is another way of saying they’ll work, just messier.

In addition, Europe is far from united, Britain would be leaving, if it had any leadership at all, Italy is tending that way, the Visegrad countries are cleaving closer and closer to the US, not the Brussels-Berlin Axis, and the Balts care more about defense than anything, and that is done by Americans and Brits.

Meanwhile German Chancellor Angela Merkel, long presiding over Europe’s largest economy, recently said the continent can no longer rely on America and should instead defend itself.

Well, good luck with that.

Germany is currently one of NATO’s worst deadbeat members, investing a mere 1.22 percent of its GDP in the military. That’s well below the alliance’s agreed-on 2 percent. America spends more than 3.5 percent of GDP on the military. The US is by far the most muscular NATO member, as it has been since the alliance’s inception.

Germans have grown fat under America’s military umbrella. They and other Europeans developed a see-no-evil, hear-no-evil attitude, which is increasingly untenable in a growingly hostile world.

Demanding more European funding for defense was one of Trump’s early mantras. Yet this year Germany is, at best, expected to up its military budget to 1.5 percent of its GDP. The only Europeans that contribute their required share are Greece, Estonia, Britain and Poland. The rest slouch toward Germany.

How will Europe, then, “defend itself” — let alone contribute to global security?

Will its carriers sail the Pacific, where Europeans hope to surpass America in exports to Asia, but where China threatens to dominate and limit freedom of navigation? And what if, God forbid, a future nuclear-armed Iran turns its ire on one of the continent’s capitals?

We’ve written about how important the control of the sea is, the main one here. What has always been true is what Sir Walter Raleigh said back in the early 17th century and remains true:

Whoever commands the sea, commands the trade;

whosoever commands the trade of the world

commands the riches of the world,

and consequently the world itself.

There’s only one answer there, and it is the United States, before that it was Great Britain, since at least the Armada. That’s why the world is as it is, and why Europe is making itself increasingly irrelevant.

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14 Responses to A Big Week

  1. Reblogged this on Boudica2015.

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  2. the unit says:

    Make that “Yuge” week. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Good Point! I must be stuck in WW II. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Or maybe even großer Arsch week. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Could be so! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Just stuck on history, not just WWII. 🙂
        From “Bois de la Brigade de Marine”
        “That offensive would go on for six months, ending on 11 November 1918, when the Germans surrendered.”
        I remember Rat’s father handled a flamethower on Iwo Jima.
        Had two uncles fought in WWII, North Africa and Philippines, both got home. Dad was older and didn’t sign up, but was the spirit of waggon-over, now fly-over.
        Why he didn’t? I’d like to tell now. Maybe could be too late before long, me 76 on June 17. 🙂
        Dad if alive would be 109.
        He was by trade a watchmaker. Just before D-Day he went to his draft board to check his status. Was told “something’s coming up that if if fails, we’ll all be fighting”.
        Of course it worked! But why wasn’t he called before? Just like us now, support however we can, best we can, keeping America Great…now Again! 🙂
        I was just going through Dad’s old work bench and found a watch and looked up it’s history. 🙂
        https://shop.analogshift.com/products/ingersoll-wrist-radiolite
        🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Cool! Don’t lick the hands. 🙂 I wear a mil-spec aviators watch myself, and a dress Lord Elgin very much like my dad’s was (I know where his is, but probably shouldn’t dig up the grave!) 🙂

          For the rest, Dad was essential in the war, they said, because he was keeping the lights on on the farm, he appealed all the way to Washington, and regretted it till he died. I’m sorry I missed out, but not that sorry! But that war was different. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Yep, everybody had to eat…and be on time. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yessir! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Yep, licking them might’ve caused mouth cancer. Head’s up Gloria Allred. Licking gender related. 🙂
          In the late ’40 ‘s, had an aunt who worked in a shoe shop. Shop had a x-ray machine that customers could x-ray their feet and see the bones. It wasn’t just for a click/sec. You could look all day if you wanted and if the store would let you. I did it a couple of times on visits to where she lived. And not all day. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          So did I, it was interesting, amazing we don’t all have bone cancer. 🙂 Not all day for me, either though! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Fortunately the “process” finally got them “regulated” out, probably ’cause of the results. 🙂
          P.S. Later, today or tomorrow, be sending a project “process”, decision, action, and result over to Engineering and Logic. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Always a good place to send things. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          About my “Walabot” experience. 🙂

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