As NATO Faces Irrelevance, Trump Blamed In Brussels For Stoking Existential Crisis In Europe

In an interview with Die Zeit, Donald Tusk told the unnerving truth about a man who shares his initials.

“For the first time in history, there is an American president who is openly against a united Europe”, Tusk said. “[Donald Trump] supports Brexit and prays for the breakup of the Union”.

This is not “news”, per se, but these are the kind of reminders the world needs on a regular basis, lest everyone should become so numb to the abject insanity, that the reality of the situation ceases to cause alarm.

Tusk – who is on the verge of wrapping up his five-year mandate as European Council president – characterized Trump as “perhaps the most difficult challenge” for the EU going forward.

The US president, you’re reminded, has variously assailed NATO and at one point called Europe a “foe” of the United States. Starting early in 2018, he appeared to accelerate his efforts to undermine a variety of multilateral institutions. That push manifested itself in a famously contentious G-7 meeting in Canada and allusions he made in Brussels to pulling the US out of NATO, a suggestion so wild that it reportedly prompted a “damage control” push by the Pentagon.

Angela Merkel on Wednesday reiterated how important NATO really is ahead of a pseudo-summit in London next month marking the alliance’s 70th anniversary.

“The preservation of NATO is in our very own interest today, more strongly than during the Cold War – or at least as strongly as during the Cold War”, she said, in the course of promising to raise Germany’s spending on defense. “Europe cannot defend itself alone at the moment; we rely on this trans-Atlantic alliance”.

She was responding to sharp criticism from her ally in Paris. Earlier this month, Emmanuel Macron called NATO “brain dead” following the debacle in Syria, where Turkey was allowed (by Trump) to launch a cross-border incursion that resulted in war crimes, hundreds of deaths and the displacement of nearly a quarter million people.

“I understand your desire for disruptive politics”, Merkel told Macron at a dinner to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. “But I’m tired of picking up the pieces. Over and over, I have to glue together the cups you have broken so that we can then sit down and have a cup of tea together”. “I cannot sit there and act like nothing has happened”, Macron responded.

This is all very remarkable – that the occupant of the Oval Office is the biggest threat (because Tusks’s use of “challenge” is just a euphemism for “threat” in this case) to the future of America’s traditional allies across the pond – not the Kremlin, but the White House.

And there’s a connection there, of course. Trump’s adversarial stance towards the EU (and especially NATO) and the policy decisions which emanate from that stance seem to advance Moscow’s interests at nearly every turn.

Apologists for Trump (and Kremlin-sponsored web portals) will note that it may well be just a “happy” coincidence that the US president’s nationalistic agenda includes policy leans that advance Russian interests in Europe.

Coincidence or no, it’s bad news.

Unless you’re of the mind that Russia’s agenda is worth pushing, in which case you’re entitled to your opinion. Assuming it’s an informed opinion, and you’re not just falling hook, line and sinker for propaganda.


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4 thoughts on “As NATO Faces Irrelevance, Trump Blamed In Brussels For Stoking Existential Crisis In Europe

  1. Other than his fear of blackmail by Putin’s use of the pee tapes, I don’t understand the appeal of Putin/Russia. Why is everyone so eager to advance Russia’s interests? What do they offer? They buy Trump’s condos and launder their cash through him, but what else?
    Is all this worth the Kentucky factory for Moscow Mitch?
    I honestly don’t understand why we want to make Putin’s Russia stronger. Why is he a better ally than Europe?

  2. Russia hacked both the GOP and DNC. They are extorting the GOP now because the GOP is in power., and also facing chronic minority support in this country (which just happens to be a happy coincidence for Russia).

    But if/when the Democrats return to power, we might all be surprised to see the Russian agenda remain at work as Russia pushes extoring the Democrats to the top of its list, while the exploitation of the Republicans move to the back burner.

    Right now, it appears many otherwise patriotic Americans who vote Republican don’t seem to mind this sell out to Russia as long as it cements their power and ankles the Democrats. It will be curious to see if the righteous Democratic voters remain just as outraged about cozying up to Russia once if/when they regain power.

    Heads Russia wins, tails we lose. #MAGA

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