(National Sentinel) Eurocentric: Fresh off commemorating mutual losses during the U.S. and allied victories over Germany and the Austro-Hungary during World War I, French officials including President Emmanual Macron are calling for some major changes in Europe’s relationship to the United States.
First, Macron insulted POTUS Donald Trump and the U.S. in general when he equated the president’s “nationalism” not to patriotism but to something cancerous and destructive of nations.
Next, Macron called for the formation of a “real European army” not only to defend the continent — aside from NATO, we are assuming — but also from the U.S.
Then French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that Europe must become an “empire” to rival the U.S. and China, which both threaten the continent.
“It’s about Europe having to become a kind of Empire, as China is. And how the US is,” the French finance minister told the German newspaper Handelsblatt.
After being quizzed by the newspaper on his comments, he added: “Do not get me wrong, I’m talking about a peaceful empire that’s a constitutional state.”
It’s no wonder the German media was puzzled: Le Maire appears to be interchanging the U.S. and China as both being ‘constitutional states’ — when clearly one is and one isn’t (that latter nation being China).
Or does he believe it’s the other way around — China is ‘constitutional’ and the U.S. isn’t? That would be curious — and awkward, given that French sociologist and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” (1835), one of the most influential books of the 19th century, contains “trenchant observations on equality and individualism” and “remains a valuable explanation of America to Europeans and of Americans to themselves,” the History Channel notes.
“I use the term to raise awareness that the world of tomorrow will be about power. Power will make a difference: technological power, economic, financial, monetary, cultural power will be crucial,” Le Maire noted, apparently tone deaf to the ‘cultural’ changes taking place in his own country thanks to mass migration from the third world.
Meanwhile, the last Frenchman who tried to create a European empire was Napoleon — then came the Battle of Waterloo and, well, the rest is history.
Needless to say, POTUS Trump didn’t think much of Macron’s statement or that of his finance minister.
“President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!” he tweeted.
President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018
The fact is, Macron and his Le Maire are simply playing to their domestic liberal elite. They know a) Europe isn’t going to create its own army because b) European countries won’t even pony up the full amount for NATO.
The United States has spilled blood — and lots of it — as well as plunked down trillions in treasure to defend Europe, twice saving it from itself.
Here’s hoping there won’t be a third time, and not because there isn’t going to be a war there in the future. Rather, because Americans will have finally had enough of the ungratefulness of our continued sacrifices to ensure European security.
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