The times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over — I experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel told CSU supporters spread out on benches drinking beer and eating pretzels in Munich. “We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.”
Of course, Germany spent 45 years bifurcated and more-or-less controlled by NATO on one side and the Soviet Union on the other. If America followed what Russia exacted on East Germany, Merkel would be chancellor of a country with an infrastructure and political footprint of, say, Montenegro.
On Memorial Day weekend, it’s pertinent to note that America pumped $13 billion ($171 billion in 2015 dollars) in direct aid to European continental countries. It’s pertinent to note that 116,991 Americanswere killed in action in the European theater of war in WWII, defeating Germany before we rebuilt it.
“Look at the millions of cars they sell in the U.S., and we’ll stop that,” Trump said.
No. He won’t stop that because it’s a stupid thing to claim, if Trump bothered to learn the history of the “Chicken Tax.” Merkel should have known this, and just enjoyed her beer and pretzels without trying to out-Trump Trump. She went on to lament Brexit, saying “We have to fight for our own future ourselves.”
Hope that works out for you, chancellor.
She’s just pouting. A classy response would be to thank Trump, and every American who helped rebuild Germany into one of the richest countries in the world. Then she could ride off comfortably in a Mercedes-Maybach S600.
Gratitude would be the proper response to Trump’s folly. But continentals have always hedged on gratitude.