BERLIN At a recent meeting of German business and foreign-policy leaders, one participant summed up an anxiety that’s almost palpable here: “Europeans have a sense of being left alone. You Americans don’t understand how much we need you.” Europeans seem relieved that Barack Obama won reelection. (One German official wrote in an informal paper that his victory was “the best thing that could have happened to the U.S.”) But Europeans remain worried that the Obama administration’s famous “pivot” toward Asia will leave them abandoned at a time of severe internal economic and political trouble.
Comments: Obama and all his union thug puppetmasters will never permit it. But it would be a great thing if it happened, saving gargantuan economies on both sides of the pond. And who doesn´t want cheap Guccis and beemers?
After involvement in two world wars and keeping the peace in Europe for so long that Europeans have grown up without war and think that they are actually the ones responsible, hearing them tell us so often how sophisticated they are (for trying to eradicate Jews, killing each other in unbelievable numbers a few times, trying to unite under a common market approach that often looks like a soft tyranny) and generally trying to look down on us and encouraging us to go bankrupt like them, I think most of us understand that they need us, but that they need us like difficult adolescents who aren´t even our own children, so we stop caring. And much of Asia has a work ethic that is much more like much of America, so it´s easier for us to identify with it once we are much more familiar with it.
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M Stuart, 12/7/2012 7:49:14 AM (No. 9053153)
I get really tired of Europe´s cuddling up and suckling at the breast of America while pinching and scratching with their free hands. They expect us to spend our money to defend them while spending their money on whatever they please and denigrating us in the meantime. How many times has France stuck their fingers in our eyes? The support is one way. We give. They take.
They are blind about islam and the muslim problem, and they will expect us to bail them out from their problems within. We have leaders who are determined to do it to us here. They need to grow up!
Sure we may have a "free trade" agreement and Europe will be free to manipulate the VAT to serve as a subsidy for their exports and tarrif on our goods they import. We get hosed and just about no one is even aware.
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