What you talkin’ ‘bout, Germany?

According to Mark Moore of The New York Post, “President Trump last week directed the Pentagon to cut the number of US troops stationed in Germany by 9,500, removing about a quarter of the forces in the country.

There are currently about 40,000 US troops in Germany.

“A top German official said it was ‘unacceptable’ — and could impact the longstanding relationship between the NATO allies.”

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‘“This is completely unacceptable, especially since nobody in Washington thought about informing its NATO ally Germany in advance,’ Peter Beyer, an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, told the Rheinische Post newspaper, according to Reuters.”

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“Beyer, Germany’s coordinator of trans-Atlantic cooperation [That’s a real job?], told the DPA news agency that ‘the German-US relationship could be severely affected by such a decision from the US president.’”

So, I guess Peter Beyer isn’t doing his job very well then.

And “unacceptable?”

What exactly are you going to do about it…, stop exporting cars over here?

Oooooh…, we’re scared.

“A senior administration official told the Wall Street Journal that internal discussions have been ongoing since September, adding that yanking the troops has nothing to do with Merkel’s decision not to attend the G-7 meeting in Washington this summer.”

“Merkel’s government said Monday it still has heard no official word from Washington.”

‘“As of this hour, there is no official confirmation by the appropriate authorities in the United States whether these plans will really be carried out or not,’ Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told reporters in Berlin, according to Bloomberg News. ‘We’re only aware of the information that is in the press.’”

“German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas characterized the relationship between Berlin and Washington as ‘complicated.’”

The relationship is only viewed as “complicated” by your country, Germany, Mr. Maas.

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To the US, it’s really very simple Mr. Maas…, pay your dues and be loyal to your friends.

‘“We appreciate the cooperation with the U.S. armed forces that has grown over decades. It is in the interest of both of our countries,’ Maas told the German newspaper Bild, Reuters reported.”

Ya…, mostly in the interests of your country, Mr. Maas.

‘“We are close partners in the trans-Atlantic alliance. But it’s complicated,’ he said.”

We already discussed the whole “complicated thing, Mr. Maas…, it shouldn’t be complicated at all.

We had to kick German butt in World War I…,

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…and then we had to go over there and do it again in World War II.

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Germany has been extremely costly to America, in both lives and monetarily.

In retrospect, Germany is very lucky that there even is a Germany today!

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Not only did we allow your country to continue to exist after World War II, we then rebuilt it for you.

Whatever we want to do regarding you or your country should be absolutely fine with you.

We really should not have to put up with any crap from you, now or ever, whatsoever.

So, why would President Trump be proposing we do this?

How about the fact that Germany just entered into a big new energy deal with Russia, who is NATO’s enemy, as well as the fact that Germany isn’t paying its NATO bills.

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“[President] Trump has criticized NATO members for not paying enough of their fair share of defense, and Germany isn’t expected to hit its spending level until 2031.”

How convenient for them.

“During a July 2018 NATO meeting with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, [President] Trump questioned why the US protects Germany, ostensibly from Russia, while the country is involved in an energy deal with Russia?” ​

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Good question, Mr. President.

‘“I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you’re supposed to be guarding against Russia​,​ and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia,’ [President] Trump ​told Stoltenberg. ‘So we’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France, we’re protecting all of these countries. And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they’re paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia.  I think that’s very inappropriate.’”

It seems pretty obvious to me too, Mr. President.

‘“​But Germany is totally controlled by Russia, because they will be getting from 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline​,” [President] Trump said at the time.​”

And the US knows what it’s like to be dependent on other countries for its oil.

“Meanwhile, Poland hopes some of the US troops being pulled from Germany will be reassigned there.”

‘“I deeply hope that as a result of the many talks that we had … part of the troops based today in Germany which are being removed by the United States … will indeed come to Poland,’ Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told private radio RMF24, Reuters reported. ‘The decision is now on the US side.’”

We appreciate your interest, Poland…, but we do really need to bring some of our troops back home.

Troops from the United States are currently deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with approximately 170,000 of its active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories.

Is this really necessary…, or is this just the US being too accommodating again?

Remember…, no good deed goes unpunished.

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So the American people weren’t the only ones who got lectured to by Barack Obama!

One of the main things that always annoyed me about former President Obama was that I always felt he was talking down to me.

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Apparently he started to believe all of his “fake news” propaganda and press clippings, and actually believed he knew something about something.

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I don’t know about you, but I was always grateful to President Obama when he would decide to grace us by sharing his wisdom and knowledge with all of us unenlightened “trailer trash.”

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That, on the “flip-side,” is one of the things I like about President Trump.  I feel like he’s communicating with me on equal terms; talking with me not at me.   

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Hungary’s top diplomat has the same feelings apparently.  He praised President Trump and his NATO policies recently, while contrasting President Trump’s positive communication style against the Obama-era “lecturing.”

According to Adam Shaw for Fox News, “Hungary’s top diplomat, in an interview with Fox News, praised President Trump’s push for NATO partners to boost military spending, and said the administration’s treatment of Central European countries as allies represents a stark contrast from what he called the “lecturing” of the Obama years.”

‘“Since the current administration has been in power, the relationship has totally changed and the relationship is based on mutual respect which used not to be the case,’ Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told Fox News. ‘So before this administration took office, “lecturing” was basically the right expression to describe our relationship.’”

“Szijjarto’s comments came just days after Hungary and the U.S. signed a new Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA).  A State Department official told Fox News that the new agreement means the U.S. and Hungary will be ‘better positioned to meet and overcome current and future challenges that threaten stability in the region and beyond.’”

“Szijjarto hailed the agreement as a ‘clear signal’ of the change that has come to the U.S.-Hungarian relationship since Trump entered the White House.”

“Both Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Trump have won elections running campaigns heavy on nationalism and tough on illegal immigration (Hungary has built two border fences since 2015).  Hungary was one of the countries to join the U.S. in withdrawing from the U.N. global pact on migration last year.”

The United Nations Global Migration Agreement is a non-binding deal that has created political tensions in several countries, with politicians claiming it will lead to more migration or erode a country’s ability to be in charge of immigration laws.

It was designed “to de-politicize migration again but the pact has done the opposite,” Marion Anne Perrine “Marine” Le Pen, President of the French National Rally political party, has said.

The United States was the first country to pull out of the agreement in December of 2017.  A statement at the time said “The agreement was incompatible with US sovereignty and our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone.”

“Hungary followed in July 2018 – and, at the time, the foreign minister said: ‘This pact poses a threat to the world from the aspect that it could inspire millions [of migrants].’”

According to Jack Goodman for BBC News, “Criticism in Europe rose as the date for the signing of the agreement approached.”

‘“The country that signs the pact, obviously signs a pact with the devil,’ said Ms. Le Pen.

“Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński has said the pact ‘could also be an incentive for illegal migration.’”

“Germany backed the agreement but faced stern opposition.  Alice Weidel, leader in the German parliament of the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD), said: ‘In effect, illegal migration is being legalized.’”

Adam Shaw continued by saying, “Both Orban and Trump have been criticized for their immigration policies, while liberal groups in Hungary have alleged that the Orban government is eroding judicial independence and cracking down harshly on political opposition groups, including passing a ‘Stop Soros’ package of laws aimed at curbing the influence of Hungarian-American left-wing billionaire George Soros in the country.”

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Wow…, this George Soros guy really makes the rounds!  I still don’t really understand what he’s actually trying to accomplish.  I just get the feeling he hates everybody and just wants people to suffer.

I think deep down he has a serious inferiority complex.  It’s a combination of the “Napoleon complex” and the “Ugly duckling complex!”

If you’re not familiar with the term, “The Napoleon complex occurs in people of short stature.  It is characterized by overly-aggressive or domineering social behavior, and carries the implication that such behavior is compensatory for the subject’s stature,” according to Wikipedia.

I would add that he would also seem to exhibit “The God complex;” believing he has the ability to control people and situations by virtue of his seemingly limitless funds.

I do know one thing though…, George Soros did not become a billionaire while living under a socialistic system of government, which he now promotes for the rest of us.  I think Soros would consider the downfall of Venezuela to be his road map to success.

“Szijjarto indicated there are similarities between the opposition facing Trump and the Hungarian government.”

‘“We understand the global liberal political elite and global liberal media hate your president, they hate what he has been doing, but they hate what we have been doing as well,’ he said.”

Hmmm…, sounds like they have their own issues with the “biased, liberal propaganda, fake news media” and the so-called “elites.”

‘“We are very happy that this administration looks at us Central Europeans as allies instead of lecturing us how to accommodate our life,’ he said, calling it a ‘totally different approach’ from the previous [Obama] administration.”

“Szijjarto said Hungary has no issue with Trump’s push for nations to meet commitments to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense.”

‘“We think that it was absolutely legitimate from his perspective to argue for nation’s commitments to be fulfilled as soon as possible,’ he said, adding that Hungary had already met that commitment.”

“Trump’s aggressive stance with NATO allies, including reports that he has considered withdrawing from the alliance, has led to criticism he is weakening NATO.  But Szijjarto’s remarks echo those of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who, in a speech to Congress this month, said that Trump’s push to increase defense spending made the alliance stronger.”

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Hmmm…, that’s interesting. Things sure seem quite different when you hear them right from the horse’s mouth as opposed to hearing them through the filter of the “biased, liberal propaganda, fake news media.”

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