Ahhhh, thanks all for indulging me while I took a few days off to enjoy the first few days of summer. Not actual, seasonal summer of course, but that magical time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when it’s hot, teenagers are terrorizing the streets with their awful driving, and my children alternate between vegging out in front of electronic screens and screeching at each other over every imagined slight.
But I’m back and ready for it all. What have we missed?
Of everything going on, I’ve found the Trump/Merkel frost to be the most significant. Trump’s unconcealed contempt for Europe is pretty obvious to everyone by now and Merkel has apparently decided that she’s going to have to do something about it.
It’s not clear to me what she’s going to do. Or the rest of Europe.
For what it’s worth, I’m fully in favor of the US dropping out NATO and all other agreements with EU nations that don’t strengthen our own interests.
Let’s get some discussion going this week. Say that NATO is dissolved and the Trump Administration succeeds in its supposed purpose of realigning with Russia at the expense of Europe. What then? Maybe I’m right that Europe is a dead weight on us that is fully capable of providing for its own defense and that Merkel is wise to plan on the continent looking out for itself. Or not.
How will it all play out?