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The relationship was so harmonious back in the Obama days that the US could wiretap German phones and the German govt. wouldn't say a thing!
Please stop bugging poor Mr. Grenell. Personally, I support his comments. But an appointee, not even an actual ambassador to Poland yet, a lady by the name of Mosbacher, or something like that, stated in a hearing before Congress she would support the leftist opposition against the democratically elected government of Poland. And what? Nothing. I am disgusted by her statement and hope the US will rethink the appointment. And by the way, can't Poland get someone with a typically American last name for your ambassador?
Anyone with even a single functioning neuron would expect Trump to select total incompetents for most jobs, as these are the people he feels most comfortable with, being utterly incompetent himself. So much, so obvious. The real problem for the USA is that his selections are confirmed by a supine Republican-dominated Congress that has shown itself over and over again to be nothing more than a flaccid rubber-stamp machine, willing to endorse anyone provided they think the drooling howling mob will continue to back Trump regardless of his follies.
The fact is, all the much-vaunted "checks and balances" of the US Constitution are nothing in comparison to "my party right or wrong." We are seeing the closing stages of representative democracy in the USA and it is like watching a poorly-drawn cartoon. The question is: after the inevitable decades of horror that are soon to be upon us, what systems of governance shall we attempt to develop that can cope more adequately with an increasingly complex and inter-twined world?
"Mr Trump has become hugely unpopular in a country once enamoured of America." Sir, could you refresh our memories of this great period of history? A few examples of this would be great. While you're at it, please let us know the last time all of Europe was enamored of America. The article is a fake premise created to support a pro-liberal agenda. Kick the "journalist" out!
Try this for size:
Also consider the famous Cold War speeches by USA Presidents: "Ich bin ein Berliner..."; "Mr. Gorbachev - Tear down this wall!".
Of course there have been previous periods of disagreement, such as the Bush Jr. administration.
Fair points. Europe always has loved the USA if it isn't asked to pay it's fair share. The conversation is totally different today.
"Mr Grenell doesn’t seem to be the right man to repair any of this damage."
He cannot repair anything since he believes that he has done a right thing. It fits nicely in this conservative awakening and many silent Germans have definitely found those words welcoming.
One should not forget that Germany has zero tradition of immigration and has even problems to accept workers from central Europe who prefer Anglo-Saxon world out of many reasons.
You state that "Germany has zero tradition of immigration".
However there is a German word, now adopted into other languages, specifically to describe invited immigration .
Of course this is not forgetting that Germany as a country is only about 150 years old, so 5 or 6 generations back most Germans weren't German.
Mr Grenell doesn’t seem to be the right man to repair any of this damage.
Like most Trump appointees, he is representing Mr Trump, not the United States. And since Mr Trump believes in breaking things, and not in repairing anything, it is only to be expected that his representative would follow in his Leader's footsteps.
You know that Gastarbeiter was there only for limited amount of time. The fact that many of them remained is rather unexpected and unwelcome situation not planned at the beginning.
Germany is an old country. The fact that between the Holy Roman Empire and German Empire there wasn't any clear entity cannot change this fact.
You are right that Mr Trump and his team want to represent pan-Western conservative movement and thus make statements supporting this idea.
A journalist at "The Economist" wrote, "Mr Kurz is another vocal critic of Mrs Merkel's immigration policies."
People who have compassion adamantly oppose the immigration policy of "open borders", which exists in both Germany and the United States.
According to a report by "The Telegraph", "Ali Bashar, a 20-year-old Iraqi Kurd, was arrested in northern Iraq on Friday night, 24 hours after German police named him as the prime suspect in the killing of German-Jewish teenager Susanna Feldman." Bashar entered Germany via the "open-door" immigration policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
At an impromptu memorial to the victim of this Middle-Eastern thug is "a cross with a sign reading 'Susanna, 14 year-old, victim of tolerance'"
The Middle Easterners greatly resemble Hispanics in the United States. Hispanics commit murder at 6 times and 3 times the rate at which Asian-Americans and European-Americans, respectively, commit murder.
There is more information about this issue.
Imagine how WW2 would have unfolded, had Trump been President in 1939.
He would have sided with Russia and attacked Germany after the Germans violated the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
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It is so frustrating that readers are not to have a chance to comment on some of TE's articles. In this case, to pay a sincere compliment on some of its outstanding, superior, excellent work - counter-weight to some awful, poorly researched, heavily biased pieces that appear on some of its blogs.
And so I have to say it here. The article is just a few minutes old. It is titled: Present at the destruction - Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order. There may be short-term wins for America but there will be long-term damage to the world. Every sentence is finely honed, clean of hyperbole. The perspective taken is as objective and a-partisan as it gets. Many many thanks, TE.
Sorry, the article is not "a few minutes" old. It is actually dated June 7, Ottawa and Washington DC, Printed Edition, under Briefing.
I couldn’t agree more about the seemingly reduced chance to comment on some of TE’s recent articles, particularly the endless stream of Trump-bashing.
Viceroy or legate is his title, ambassador is not.
I was thinking a bouncer.
Well, At least he can Fed-Ex his Chief some authentic Hamburgers, daily.
"President Trump has adopted a tone that ignores 70 years of trust"
Yet they must trust the USA for their security. The appointment of this new ambassador looks entirely deliberate. This kerfuffle just demonstrates the old adage: the strong do what they want, the weak do what they must.
One can no longer be sure that Germany and Europe can trust the USA for their security.
At the end of WWII someone overheard a British soldier telling an American soldier what the problem was. He said:
"You're over sexed, you're over paid, and you're over here."
I think we are revisiting the "ugly American" territory again. How sad. Obviously less-ugly Americans
will have a sufficient cleanup effort once this is over (if in fact it ends).
No doubt about it, he's *Trump's* man in Germany. What an embarrassment.
"Mr Trump has become hugely unpopular in a country once enamoured of America"
You have got to be kidding me. Since when has any European country been "enamoured of America"? Disgusted perhaps is a bit too strong of a word. A grudging, passive-aggressive relationship based on dependency best describes it.
You are misinformed. Before Mr. Trump, the US were generally seen in a positive light, not just in Europe but in most places of the world. See here: http://www.pewglobal.org/2014/07/14/global-opposition-to-u-s-surveillanc...
Unfortunately, many conservative Americans have been misled by the noisy anti-Americanism of a minority and believe that everybody is their enemy. Mr. Trump feeds on that sentiment and has every reason to foster it; so he has a strong interest to create more hostility against the US. His Ambassador is doing his best to achieve that goal.
Except diplomats in the US frequently comment about the Trump administration all the time in clandestine interviews, making it all too clear that they oppose a Trump 2020 election, that they want Democrats to win, that they think Trump is an idiot, ruining US reputation, ect, ect.
Trump is now playing the same game back to them, appointing diplomats who will be euroskeptic, hate Muslim immigration, ect.
And Germany doesn't have a lot of leverage here. They are completely dependent on the US in terms of defense, they refuse to keep military spending about 1% of GDP. It's no wonder Trump feels he can step all over them, especially since he hates freeloaders.
To the last canard - in general most people in Europe wanted Germany to have a small military after it was united, under West Germany, in the 1990s. Having a united Germany, under West Germany's political system, with no Soviet troops east of the Elbe, was and is worth more than the old, large deployments of American troops there during the Cold War.
Otherwise, to the effort at drawing an equivalence, this is someone having intercourse with Breitbart, an outlet for many barely veiled racists - its certainly something far more than just a "a far-right news site" ... And that fact could be a little unsettling to Germans, given the history 73 to 85 years ago ...