A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer
Time for Europe to Join the Resistance
Iranian protesters burning U.S. flags after Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
Trump’s renown is rooted in American hero myths. Trump says that women like Carla Bruni lust after him, something that women like Carla Bruni vehemently deny.
Trump says he is exorbitantly rich, yet Trump ran himself into the ground with his casinos to the point that he was 295 million dollars in debt in 1990. He was bailed out by the banks and by his father. The greatest myth, though, has to do with Trump’s alleged negotiating expertise. This too is nonsense. Trump was never proficient in the art of the deal. As a businessman, he paid far too much for substandard properties and has shown no patience as a politician. He isn’t curious. His preparation is nonexistent. Strategy and tactics are both foreign to him. Trump is only proficient in destruction. And that’s what he does.
He backed out of the Paris climate agreement while promising a “better deal for America.” But nothing came of the promise, neither a plan nor meaningful talks. In Trump’s Washington, the only thing that matters is dismantling the legacy of his predecessor, Barack Obama. Trump also promised to improve Obama’s health care plan, but the details are complex and bothersome. So Trump destroyed Obamacare and has done nothing to replace it.
Now, he is playing the same game on the world stage with the Iran nuclear deal. Trump refers to it as “the worst deal ever,” which is why he has now pulled the U.S. out of it. The negotiations that resulted in the deal in 2015 were a masterpiece of international diplomacy, but there are no plans in place to launch new talks.
Trump wants to bring the Iran regime to its knees with sanctions, but domestic political considerations in Tehran make it unlikely that the country will buckle. Leaders who demonstrate weakness in Iran are discarded. It seems more likely that they will close ranks. Iran-supported groups like Hezbollah are likely to pour fuel on the fire of conflicts in Yemen or Lebanon – as close as possible to Israel’s border. Iran presumably won’t pursue the path of extreme escalation, since such a path wouldn’t be beneficial, but it will likely cease allowing observers into the country, stop providing information on its uranium enrichment activities. It will seek to conceal what the West would like to know.
And what are the benefits of Washington’s radical move? There are none. Just chaos where there was once order. Just American capriciousness after decades of stability.
The most shocking realization, however, is one that affects us directly: The West as we once knew it no longer exists. Our relationship to the United States cannot currently be called a friendship and can hardly be referred to as a partnership. President Trump has adopted a tone that ignores 70 years of trust. He wants punitive tariffs and demands obedience. It is no longer a question as to whether Germany and Europe will take part in foreign military interventions in Afghanistan or Iraq. It is now about whether trans-Atlantic cooperation on economic, foreign and security policy even exists anymore. The answer: No. It is impossible to overstate what Trump has dismantled in the last 16 months. Europe has lost its protective power. It has lost its guarantor of joint values. And it has lost the global political influence that it was only able to exert because the U.S. stood by its side. And what will happen in the remaining two-and-a-half years (or six-and-a-half years) of Trump’s leadership? There is plenty of time left for further escalation.
Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., senior DER SPIEGEL editors gather to discuss the lead editorial of the week and ultimately, the meeting seeks to address the question: “What now?” Simply describing a problem isn’t enough, a good editorial should point to potential solutions. It has rarely been as quiet as during this week’s meeting.
Europe should begin preparing for a post-Trump America and seek to avoid provoking Washington until then. It can demonstrate to Iran that it wishes to hold on to the nuclear deal and it can encourage mid-sized companies without American clients to continue doing business with Iranian partners. Perhaps the EU will be able to find ways to protect larger companies. Europe should try to get the United Nations to take action, even if it would only be symbolic given that the U.S. holds a Security Council veto. For years, Europe has been talking about developing a forceful joint foreign policy, and it has become more necessary than ever. But what happens then?
The difficulty will be finding a balance between determination and tact. Triumphant anti-Americanism is just as dangerous as defiance. But subjugation doesn’t lead anywhere either – because Europe cannot support policies that it finds dangerous. Donald Trump also has nothing but disdain for weakness and doesn’t reward it.
Clever resistance is necessary, as sad and absurd as that may sound. Resistance against America.
“There could be others who have been attacked in the same location or by the same men.”
By Virginia Hale
Danish people are expressing concern after police admitted they chose not to inform the public about a rape and attempted rape of two 14-year-old girls, allegedly carried out by Afghan migrants at a shopping centre in Esbjerg.
News of the attacks, which prompted a “storm” of telephone calls to authorities from worried parents, would not have come to people’s attention had the media not followed up a tip-off about the incident, notes JydskeVestkysten.
“What might have happened had we not contacted [police] about the case?” the Danish newspaper queried at the weekend, asking whether officers believe that “citizens have no right to know what occurred in a busy public place?”
“There could be others who have been attacked in the same location or by the same men,” noted the publication in a series of questions it put to police, suggesting victims might not come forward if the authorities keep them in the dark.
Officers chose not to broadcast the case “in this particular instance” for the sake of the victims, who were “only 14-years-old and had just been exposed to a highly traumatic experience”, claimed police spokesman Lene Roesen, adding that the force would not answer hypothetical questions.
Last week police confirmed to local media that two Afghan nationals aged 16 and 20 have been arrested and charged with rape and attempted rape, respectively.
The alleged attacks took place during the evening of March 31, when the two men reportedly waited until the girls went into the public restrooms to assault them.
Reports of the crime led to a “storm” of telephone calls to the region’s SSP — a collaboration between schools, social services and police — according to Steen Bach, who heads the service in Esbjerg municipality.
“Many parents … called and asked if they should be worried about letting their children go to Broen Shopping, [the mall in which] the episode took place,” he said. “Our answer was an emphatic ‘no’.”
But, noting that the attacks took place at around 10 p.m., when shops in the centre had closed for the night — Bach added: “In general, I would say that 14-15 year old children should not be out on their own at the time. Where are the parents in this regard?”
So much for the NHS being “the envy of the world.”
Louder With Crowder – MAY 8, 2018
In our continuing coverage of the UK’s healthcare system screwing over the kids, I give you this little gal’s tale. This British lass has a deformity which makes one of her legs much shorter than the other.
She went to the NHS to have them fix her. They wanted to chop the leg off:
A schoolgirl with one leg shorter than the other has been told by the NHS her only option is amputation.
However, a leading US surgeon claims UK doctors have the training – but not the confidence – to save her limb by lengthening it, and that the NHS lacks the highly specialist rehabilitation services she needs after surgery.
Dr Dror Paley has told the parents of seven-year-old Kyra Warrell, who was born with a rare condition affecting her thigh bone, that her treatment is straightforward.
‘She wouldn’t even have a limp once her leg-lengthening surgeries are complete.’
Seems it’s getting harder every day to get a leg up in the UK.
The NHS wants to cleave off the girl’s drumstick, give her a peg leg, and wheel her out the door. Nevermind any of the treatments available which would allow the little lady to live a normal life. After all, the NHS has a backlog of other victims patients they need to mutilate treat. The magic of universal healthcare, folks.
Compare that sh*tshow of a healthcare system to American healthcare. Our docs do a little medicinal wizardry on her gam and she leaves a happy customer. All appendages intact. Eligible for the soccer team. Narrowly avoiding a lifetime of being nicknamed “nubby.” Capitalist bastards.
This story is the perfect contrast between our healthcare and theirs. Us ‘Murican hillbillies left the “amputate on sight” policy back in the Civil War, where it belongs. Meanwhile, our more “enlightened” cousins across the pond are still lopping off limbs without a second thought.
So much for the NHS being “the envy of the world.”
American Patriot [Mark Levin audio clips]
Published on May 8, 2018
‘Real moment for the country’
Steve Watson | Infowars.com – MAY 7, 2018
CNN’s endless rabid anti-Trump broadcast continued Sunday with State of the Union host Jake Tapper declaring that Senator John McCain is an ‘American hero’ for stating that he does not want President Trump to attend his funeral when he dies.
“I want to change the subject,” Tapper stated during the broadcast.
“This has been reported in the The New York Times and elsewhere, the plan would be to have Mike Pence be the one to honor Senator McCain in hopefully long, long, long from now event of his demise.” the host noted.
“This is a real moment for the country where an American hero, somebody beloved in many, many ways is saying I don’t want this guy at my funeral.” Tapper added referring to the President.
Tapper’s guest Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks chimed in with another swipe at Trump.
“Senator McCain is known for being honest, just the opposite of Donald Trump, and frank.” Meeks stated.
“When someone would come up with something negative about President Obama, he corrected them,” Meeks continued.
“And so, I wouldn’t expect anything to be different for Mr. McCain, Sen. McCain now. He is not going to be a hypocrite. He does not believe Donald Trump represents the kind of moral authority the President of the United States should represent for our country.” Meeks concluded.
McCain and Trump have been engaged in a personal war for some time.
McCain has said several times that he does not believe Trump has any “principles and beliefs”.
“He’s an individual that unfortunately is not anchored by a set of principles. I think he’s a person who takes advantage of situations.” McCain told Esquire last year.
The Senator added that while he acknowledges Trump is a successful businessman, “I don’t think he has the fundamental underpinnings of principles and beliefs.”
McCain has called Trump a ‘draft dodger’, while Trump previously commented that he does not see the Senator as a war hero just because he was captured.
McCain voted down the repeal of Obamacare last year, raising the ire of Trump, and then gave a speech in which he denounced “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems,” clearly a reference to Trump’s Presidency.
Trump responded in a radio interview, noting “I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back, and it won’t be pretty.”
Lou Dobbs blasted Republican Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday night during his discussion of the GOP’s bloated $1.3 trillion omnibus bill.
Speaker Paul Ryan is set to pass the second largest spending bill in US history next to Barack Obama’s trillion dollar failed stimulus.
The bill funds all of the Democrat priorities but will unlikely fund the Trump border wall.
The spending bill will also funnel billions of dollars to Obamacare markets.
Lou Dobbs escalated his attacks on Trump-bashing Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday.
Lou Dobbs: Why doesn’t someone tell him to go to hell? This is an embarrassment.
He represents only the US multinational interests on K Street. He doesn’t represent Republican thinking. He’s not a conservative. In my judgement he’s one of the most erratic people we’ve ever seen in the Speakership… Ryan is serving his masters. No, no, Ryan’s masters are not the taxpayers. They just pay the bills. Let’s be clear. It is the Business Roundtable. It is the Chamber of Commerce. It is K-Street. He sold out a long time ago. He sold out the conference. He sold out the Republican Party. He sold out this president. And he would sell out his mother based on his record.
Via Lou Dobbs: