Mike Pompeo is not exactly knockin’ ’em dead in Munich at the Security Conference this week. He had already given the usual Trump economy sound bite, where unemployment is non existent, a lobster in every pot and a Mercedes in every driveway — to hear him tell it — and that was met by stone silence. Then it went downhill from there. Agence France-Presse via Raw Story:
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Pompeo sought to assuage European anxiety over the transatlantic bond under an unpredictable President Donald Trump, saying: “The West is winning and we’re winning together.”
But he was immediately contradicted by French President Emmanuel Macron, who warned of “a weakening of the West”.
Other countries are not run by compete fools — ours is. And the speeches at the conference were grounded in the new reality of international relations and world order since Donald Trump has disgraced the world stage.
In his opening speech a day earlier, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier suggested that the United States rejected “even the idea of an international community” and was acting “at the expense of neighbours and partners”.
“Those statements don’t reflect reality,” Pompeo retorted.
“I’m happy to report that the death of the transatlantic alliance is grossly over-exaggerated,” he added, paraphrasing a famous Mark Twain quote.
Pompeo went on to say that the U.S. is keeping Europe safe by reinforcing NATO’s eastern flank bordering with Russia, which is an interesting perspective, considering that Trump selling out our Syrian allies had the net effect of not only adding to the destabilization of the region but resulted in giving Vladimir Putin another warm water port to play with. And President Macron had a few more words.
The US was undergoing “a rethink of its relationship with Europe”, Macron said, strengthening his belief that the continent had to take charge of its own destiny.
“We need a European strategy that renews us and turn us into a strategic political power,” he said.
The thought process in Europe is that it’s time to make contingency plans because our allies can no longer rely on the United States. And if Donald Trump gets reelected, that concept will end up cemented in stone and decades of work, if not the past two and a half centuries of international diplomacy, will be undone. This is how corrosive an effect the incompetent Trump regime has had in the world. It takes a long time to build something, but to destroy the same thing takes very little time.