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Europe's Paper Militaries
EU and What Army?
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  • Andrew Allison

    Junker is President of the European Commission, not the EU. The former, like all bureaucracies, has only one objective: expansion.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    As I have been saying all along, the European militaries have been looted to pay for the Welfare state.

    • FriendlyGoat

      Sounds like something the Russians should have done.

  • Fat_Man

    Dissolve NATO. If Europe were interested in defense, NATO would be viable. Europe doesn’t care. NATO is moribund.

    We can’t make them care. But, by the same token, we can’t care for them.

  • John the River

    You know what we need? For Germany to elect an charismatic orator and strongman who would arm and ready Germany to defend Europe from the threat to the east! What could go wrong?

    • Curious Mayhem

      I just find it endlessly amusing that US withdrawal from Europe has left it with its two would-be major powers, Germany and Russia, back in the ring as the Big Boys.

      • Tom

        Well yeah. The main reason Britain was the big dog was that it was an early adopter of new tech and Germany was not one, but many.
        “The purpose of NATO is to keep the Germans down, the Americans in, and the Russians out.”

        • Curious Mayhem

          Britain also had the world’s most powerful navy, and before railroads and the internal combustion, jet, and rocket engines, that’s what counted.

          NATO was a very successful alliance. But what have they done for you lately? Man, that lovin’ feeling is gone.

  • Daniel Nylen

    The whole issue of NATO, the US leaving NATO versus other forms of Europe’s defense since the 1980’s has boiled down to the answer to two questions: If the US will not defend Europe pretty much by ourselves, will the Europeans do it themselves? and if not, why does the US care?

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