Are You Sleepwalking too?
Well, I hope you don"t bump into a German while doing so, because it looks like You and the German are headed towards a heads-on collision.
I am not aware of "The Hill" publications much. I only am aware of The Hill's Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti" Rising" videos.
So, I was a bit confused about this Hill article. Though I think it might somewhat hit the German-American feelings about each other correctly, I was a bit upset to learn what kind of bad guys we Germans are. Too bad.
A practical “alliance” between the two simply no longer exists. Washington and Berlin disagree on far too much in policy terms for us to whistle past the graveyard any longer. The sooner American statesmen wake up to the harsh new geopolitical reality of German neutralism, the better.
Germany is the most glaring case in point of when an ally is no longer an ally. Over vast patches of primary foreign policy terrain, Washington and Berlin simply do not agree.
Germany ... today shows absolutely no desire in meeting even the most paltry of defense spending commitments; in 2019 Berlin allocated a laughable 1.36 percent of its GDP to its defense. Evidently, military spending is for other people, preferably the hard-pressed American taxpayer.
Further, Germans do not like their long-term “ally” very much. A January 2020 Pew poll found that 57 percent of Germans hold an outright unfavorable view of America, while an October 2019 ECFR poll reported that 70 percent of German respondents want their country to remain neutral in any conflict between Russia and the U.S. Alliance solidarity this isn’t.
Given its trade-dominated economy, Berlin disdains any serious effort to decouple itself from Chinese supply chains, even as Washington is urging its allies to begin constructing parallel trading flows to hedge against Beijing.
The Anglosphere countries (Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada) — far more closely aligned with the U.S. in the new era — have hewed to an increasingly hawkish line over China, ruling out long-term dependence on Huawei over vital 5G telecoms networks, for example. Berlin, instead leading the vanguard of European neutralism, has quietly but consistently failed to rule out Huawei as its potential primary 5G carrier.
Finally, despite the many examples of Vladimir Putin’s general dastardliness — most recently over the Kremlin’s likely poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny — German Chancellor Angela Markel has stubbornly refused to halt construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will double Russia’s gas exports to Europe. Leaving supposed concerns about human rights by the wayside, Merkel finds herself susceptible to the American charge that while the U.S. defends Germany from the Russian threat, at the exact same time Berlin is doing big business with Russia.
What can I say, I do like and even love sometimes some Americans, but I don"t love their foreign policies. Do I have to? May be some Americans feel the same vice versa about us? When was the last time that Russia threatened Germany? I must have been tightly asleep when it happened. I used to have Putin under my bed, but have thrown him out a while ago. Now there is a nice woman sleeping under my bed and I feel great about it.
Best to forget about. Move on. Nothing to see here. This Hill is not shining much, don"t you think so too?
Sigh. Dear God, where does this all end?