In a watershed moment for the future of global politics and the international balance of power, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced today in a speech honoring French President Emmanuel Macron that Europe can no longer look to the United States for leadership in the world.
“It is no longer such that the United States simply protects us, but Europe must take its destiny in its own hands. That’s the task of the future” she said grimly, noting that there were numerous conflicts brewing “at Europe’s doorstep” and expressing great concern over Israel’s hyperaggressive strikes last night against Iranian forces in Syria.
She is right to be worried; the Syrian Civil War still rages on Europe’s front lawn; NATO member Turkey is currently waging a genocidal war of oppression against Kurdish separatists on Europe’s welcome mat while Israel seems intent on doing everything it can to provoke a shooting war with Iran, inevitably dragging the rest of the international community in along with it.
The likelihood of a major conflict with Iran became much greater with President Trump’s impulsive and reckless decision to withdraw from President Obama’s historic nuclear peace treaty between the United States, Germany, Russia, France, the UK, and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Egged on by his warmonger National Security Advisor John Bolton, the neocon political establishment and the increasingly overbearing Israeli lobby, Trump trashed America’s international credibility in a stunning show of diplomatic malpractice.
Demanding that President Obama’s “terrible” deal be renegotiated on his terms, Trump made a series of tough demands to our European allies to make the “deal” better. They agreed to amend the deal on his terms – but he spat in their faces and walked away anyway.
Now everything our nation ever does in the realm of international politics is in question. Why would anyone, especially a leader like North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, make a deal with the United States when it might be tossed aside at a moment’s notice? America’s time as a leader of the international community is at an end.
Whether that turns out to be a bad thing is still up for debate.