Living in a bubble is a very dangerous thing. Unfortunately the deaf, dumb and blindness of the current administration is affecting us all in ways which will have a profound effect on the future of this country, and not in a positive way. The latest example of this trend was graphically illustrated this weekend at the Munich Security Conference, which in better days, served as an affirmation of the powerful bond between members of the western alliance. This year’s meeting only pointed up the widening chasm of interests between France and Germany, and the United States. Politico:

The two sides aren’t just far apart on the big questions facing the West (threats from Russia, Iran, China), they’re in parallel universes.

Most alarming: The biggest disconnect concerns the U.S. commitment to Europe, the very essence of the transatlantic alliance itself.

In speech after speech, whether in public or private, European leaders lamented what they perceive as the U.S.’s disengagement from both the region and the world at large.

If you weren’t following the news this weekend, both the president of France, Emmanuel Macron and the president of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said that the U.S. was “rejecting the idea of the international community” and that “what Europe wants is not quite the same as the U.S.” Mike Pompeo found these words insulting, apparently, because he went on record stating, “I’m here to tell you the facts. Those statements do not reflect reality.” No, they do reflect reality. They just don’t reflect an endorsement of his wingnut talking point, “The West is winning and we’re winning together.” That might be a great line to drop to the rubes at a rally, or to please Pompeo’s real audience, which is Trump, but the people in attendance at Munich are anything but fools. They see through the Trump mis-administration like glass and they know what a disaster the past three years have been. But Pompeo forged ahead, convinced, again apparently, that if you just spin the lie enough different ways people will believe eventually.

“Is this an America that rejects responsibility?” he asked. “Let’s be straight up: The U.S. is out there fighting for sovereignty and our friends.”

Aside from representatives from Poland and the Baltics, who consider the U.S. the guarantor of their sovereignty, few of the Europeans in the room seemed open to being convinced. After the speech, a consensus formed among the Germans and French that Pompeo’s audience wasn’t the Europeans in the room, but Donald Trump. Pompeo’s insistence that the “West is winning, we’re collectively winning,” was registered by many attendees as “the U.S. is winning.”

The reaction to Pompeo reflects the toll Trump’s aggressive, often abusive, rhetoric toward European allies has taken on the relationship. Even when confronted with facts that disprove the narrative of American disengagement, European officials simply don’t believe it. In private, U.S. representatives tell their European counterparts to “ignore the tweets,” but that’s proved to be a tall order.

The likes of Jared Kushner may take to the airwaves and sneer derisively about how he and the other know-nothings in this administration have a “fresh approach” and “new ideas” for foreign policy. So far, all that adolescent hyperbole has devolved into nothing but embarrassment and an erosion of key alliances, not in some brave new world solutions that exist only in Donald Trump’s two-dimensional black and white broad brushstroke world. In the real world, negotiations between countries are filled with nuance and compromise.

This old world keeps on spinnin’ and right now our allies are looking to negotiate world relationships with or without us. And increasingly it looks like without. Macron spoke of a “rapproachment” with Russia and another major divisive issue at the Munich conference was China. Trump thinks China is an evil behemoth that he, personally, has bludgeoned into submission and that fantasy is not shared by the rest of the world. Trade with China is in no way viewed by other countries according to Trump’s moronic sound bites.

The era of Trump has caused a major schism in our relations with our European allies. One can only hope and pray, once again, that Trump is defeated in November, because as disastrous as Trump has been domestically, internationally his foolishness has been catastrophic and another four years of this will take us God only knows where. But it won’t be a good place, of that you may be certain.

 

 

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26 Comments on "Europe Has Given Up On U.S. and Mike Pompeo Is ‘Dumbfounded’"

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CAZ
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This all plays right into Putin’s hand. Infuriating.

Bareshark
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I continue to question how much actual good all this is doing Putin. Despite our being hamstrung by IMPOTUS, it’s hardly as though he’s been able to take too much advantage of the situation. Negotiating with France? Only because they knew how to beat his puppets in Le Pen. Syria? A longtime ally whose country is so wreched, it’d take four times Russia’s GDP to rebuild. Taking back Ukraine? Between a president who knows how to play the game and Giuliani’s senile incompetence, his game there has been exposed. And all this is before you get into a slowing oil-dependent… Read more »
deea118
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“Dumfounded” – really???????

blueman
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Putin’s puppet moving right along.

Denis Elliott
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Once is a mistake. Twice is a pattern. I’ve said it before (in multiple places) and will say it again. To our NATO and other allies in the free world Bush 43 was our mistake. And it appeared they were willing to forgive it. Trump however tells them rather than a mistake our country has a pattern, and in fact one that’s gone beyond pattern into habit. IOW, even if Trump goes down to defeat this fall, he will still pull (probably 60 million plus votes. Given the vestigial organ of our Constitution known as the Electoral College that’s enough… Read more »
Concinnity
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Great comment.

Suzc
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The pattern is decidedly not that of the country, any more than the failure to remove him was that of the Senate! You play into his playbook when you fail to place the blame squarely on Republica ns! Republicans! Republican dishonesty! Republican manipulation. Republican obstruction. Republican perfidy and sedition. Republican!!!! Not “us” or America! If there were even a handful of honorable republicans, we would not be at this stage.

Lone Wolf
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Partly right, but think about this for a second, Hillary won the popular vote by 3 million, yes…but that all adds up to what? 163+ or – million? How about the other 150 million+ votes that ‘sat this one out’ due to a dislike of one, the other or both and/or complacency?
We can dump this turd November 3rd!!!

Bob
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“Dump this Turd November Third!” It rhymes

Denis Elliott
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IF there were a handful of honorable Republicans… First of all it would take more than a handful. Second, due to the EC and the combination of where Americans actually live (in which states) and the political leanings of different areas the GOP has a built in advantage in the EC and has for decades. It was when I was a kid growing up that conservatives enacted their despicable “southern strategy” and as they all shifted to the GOP in the aftermath of the landmark Civil & Voting Rights Acts the mountain and many western states (CA used to be… Read more »
Suzc
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PS otherwise brilliant comment and what ive really been concerned about longterm for 20 years.

Lone Wolf
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Or pissing on them.

Chrisina Denbaugh
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tRump is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s or he’s retarded take your pick. His followers are stupid ignorant people that follow blindly no matter how many lies he tells or who he hurts. He is just seeking revenge on anyone that doesn’t agree with him. Please help American. Speak up for us! That the world will be better off without tRump. It doesn’t believe in climate change and he’s doing things to the pollute our Rivers right now. dumps pollutants in the water.his not protecting our national parks he’s allowing mining and prospecting in our national parks. He must be… Read more »
Bareshark
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Believe it or not, this is actually NOT what most Republicans wanted out of Trump, Pompano (still love my momma’s nickname for Pompeo) included. Sure, they wanted to lord our position over Europe like we’ve done since 1945 but they wanted to keep the alliances going. We lose those, we’re suddenly a lot less relevant, powerful or influential. No mainstream Republican of the old school or neocon variety would countenance that.

Lee
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Mainstream republicans have disappeared. They have morphed into MAGA cultist. The old school is irrelevant. Lie with dogs, wake up with fleas, no?

Bareshark
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Yes, yes, I’m well aware of the Trump-inspired GOP diaspora. The Republicans I’m talking about would still be there if management was sane.

p j evans
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If Pompano is “dumbfounded”, then he hasn’t been paying attention for the last three years, and needs to retire.

Joseph
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“Aside from representatives from Poland and the Baltics, who consider the U.S. the guarantor of their sovereignty,”

I hope that’s not true. If it is, I’d certainly like to point out to their representatives how Ukraine has fared in the recent past expecting the US to be a “guarantor” of its sovereignty. As far as Trump’s concerned, the only country’s “sovereignty” that matters is the US’s (and even that’s only as far as it serves Trump’s interests).

Cherl Harrell
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All I can say in reply to “dumbfounded” is duh! No, the whole world is not enthralled with our “dear leader”.

high5
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Trump is not the only problem. The Republican party is as well. And also the people and system that elected a fool like Trump. Getting rid of Trump with the Republican party, the people and the system that elected Trump still in place will not solve the problem.

Suzc
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Republicans began infiltrating school boards 40-50 years ago and have dumbed down public education to this end. They are bad people but they have always been smarter than dems, and cohesive and goal oriented where dems are divided and forming circular firing squads, to this very day.

The race is not always to the swift, the win not always to the best.

Steve
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Amazing how much can be destroyed in such a short period of time. I’m glad not to be growing up in this sea of ignorance.

Brian
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My prediction: Trump won’t have another 4 years. He will either have 0 years (defeated in the 2020 election. Or he will become dictator for life. And if that happens, the vocal 2nd amendment adherents will be in for the rudest shock of their lives.

Gerald Boyette
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Comments I have heard in Tampa, Florida indicate there are people who no longer care that European nations are our best allies and would not be upset if they abandon us altogether. They drink Trumps’ Kool-Aide because he says it’s the best in the world, forget the history books, they are part of the “deep state”.

Lone Wolf
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You mean like, when he pisses down their backs, then tells them it’s raining? and they believe it.

Lone Wolf
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Hi Mark