Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Trump is Appeasing His Russian Master

Each and every action reveals that Vladimir Putin owns Trump lock, stock and barrel:
The US is moving forward with President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany, a decision that has attracted bipartisan congressional oppositionand roiled key allies who see the move as a blow to NATO.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper acknowledged the plan will cost billions to execute when he formally announced the decision on Wednesday from the Pentagon. US defense officials said it will take years to relocate the troops.
The plan to pull US troops from the long-time NATO ally has been met with broad bipartisan opposition amid concerns that it will weaken the US military's position vis a vis Russia, however the Trump Administration has decided to proceed with the move. 
Trump defended the decision Wednesday, saying the troop drawdown was taking place because Berlin was not spending the NATO target of 2% of its GDP on defense and because Germany was taking "advantage" of the US.
I guess we will now shrug our shoulders and go back to being distracted by America's descent into confusion and civil unrest. If you have ever paid attention to American foreign policy, you can see that this is part and parcel of an overarching move to withdraw the United States from the defense of Europe and abandon our NATO allies to whatever Putin wants to do to them. I am guessing that, once these troops are gone, Putin will move to expand his hold on Eastern Ukraine and make more overtures about invading the Baltic countries. He might actually unleash his troops in order to consolidate the old Russian empire.

There's no way Trump would move to stop him and no one in the GOP is even remotely capable of standing up to him over this withdrawal. None of this makes sense. We hardly have any troops in Europe right now anyway. What few that are there are an invaluable resource for training and coordination with the NATO countries that want to work with us. And, speaking from experience, being able to live in Europe as a dependent or as part of the NATO mission is good for America as a whole. The more people who know what it's like to keep things stable the better.

You can be rest assured that the media will continue to treat GOP Senators like wise old foreign policy sages when Trump is gone. None of them have any credibility anymore. They are just sad old whores, ready to give up. They were never invested in the idea of America. All they worship is political power and all they want is cash.

Trump is going to sell everything off as quickly as possible and destroy whatever he can before he is thrown out of office. This is just part of the fire sale to his Russian business partners.

This is an example of how short-sighted and crazy this move really is and it speaks to the belief that this was done on the fly and without any planning whatsoever:

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