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[Update note: rich countries like Luxembourg should indeed pay their fair share of NATO. This is one of the things Trump has right. However, his real agenda is apparently to destroy NATO for Putin. NATO members may need to save the US, too.]
Luxembourg-EU’s Juncker is an arrogant “smart” one isn’t he? Thinks he’s going to get his way by calling Trump stupid (ignorant)? Trump’s proposal of NATO members paying their fair share is only “pernicious” to EU pockets and Luxembourgers have very deep pockets-deeper than the Swiss.
Does Juncker think these insults will convince America to take more of Europe’s radioactive waste to dump and bury, along with emptying their empty pockets to protect Europe? Obama took European rad waste under the guise of “non-proliferation” for years. Is Europe grateful? Of course not! They treat their own children (Americans) as dirt, while welcoming hoards of foreigners, who run in gangs, with open arms. Clearly Europe has a death-wish, so they could have kept that radioactive waste. And, NATO appears a waste in this context, for the immigrants come from non-democratic countries and are surely as authoritarian as Putin, and more overtly so with their gang attacks. Oh, and is Luxembourg taking their “fair share” of Merkel’s darling immigrants? Maybe they should take more than their “fair share”?
Even Bernie Sanders agrees with Trump on Europe paying more for funding NATO and you can be certain that the majority of the American people do.
Trump’s mother was born in Scotland, which is part of the EU, and both of his paternal grandparents were born in Germany, making him more European than American. So, whether or not Europe likes Trump, the buck stops there – he’s their son. Love him or hate him, Trump isn’t even a child of the American Revolution, but European. Why does he seem American? Maybe because middle America is often a Scottish-German mix. Shouldn’t that be the EU dream? European mixes? And, Trump attended Norman Vincent Peale’s church as a child. Curiosity of history – Peale attended the same university and faculty as Martin Luther King (Boston U-theology).
Jean-Claude Juncker is what they call mal léché in Luxembourg: “Ours mal léché…est employée pour désigner une personne faisant preuve d’un comportement social bourru, grossier, désagréable, rustre, qui n’est ni poli, ni convenable, et ne sait que peu de choses des usages du monde https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ours_mal_léché Yep, that would seem to define Juncker.
Jean-Claude Juncker is from Luxembourg, the second wealthiest country in the world by per capita GDP income combined with purchasing power (PPP). It is second only to Qatar. Thus, it should not be surprising that there are Luxembourgeois who are also nasty, pompous, arrogant, ignoramuses like so many in the Swiss lowlands. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Claude_Juncker Juncker’s not unique. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita Switzerland may not be in the EU but it’s in the heart of the continent, in Schengen, and thus the lowlands overrun by people from the EU.
What is a Juncker anyway? If you look at the etymology and the attitude of Juncker himself the meaning seems clear: “The Junkers … were the members of the landed nobility in Prussia. They owned great estates that were maintained and worked by peasants with few rights. They were an important factor in Prussian and, after 1871, German military, political and diplomatic leadership.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junker_(Prussia) Whether or not he is a Prussian Junker, he’s clearly an arrogant Junker who thinks that Americans are his serfs.
Juncker, Luxembourg and to a large extent Europe treats Americans like dirt under their feet yet expect them to pay hard earned monies to protect Europe? How many generations is that supposed to work? Where does Europe think America came from anyway? Juncker really thinks he will get his way through insults? [Apologies to the many nice, polite, Europeans, but you can’t make up for the others. There are even nice people in Luxembourg and Switzerland.]
Yes, Americans are stupid but not because they can’t recall the name of a dirty and hideously disappointing city called Brussels or Bruxelles. Americans are naive and stupid to allow themselves to be treated like dirt by Europeans and others they both pay to protect, and protect.
Americans are, indeed, mostly the unwanted children of Europe – historically and still today. Most came from European countries which do not allow right of return nor even immigration preference for their own exiled, educated, children but open arms wide to swarms of military aged uneducated males from Africa and the Middle East. Americans don’t understand that, and it’s not because they are stupid. When America had a Civil War most fought and they were forced to fight in two European wars which were not their own. Americans are apparently the troops of the European Empire for if they were a power in and of themselves then there wouldn’t be this arrogance which has gone on for decades. No Empire has ever shared spoils of war as the US has done with Europe. The Scottish Highlanders, chased from their homes, were some of the British Empire’s finest soldiers, as were the Irish. Thus, it should surprise no one that Americans have long been the cannon fodder of European Empire. America has helped out recent French imperialist forays into Africa, apparently to protect French uranium mines, but Obama finally told France they have to pay – making them soldiers of fortune for the French Empire.
Why Trump won is a no-brainer. Americans are sick and tired of being called stupid while they are robbed blind of their jobs and money. How many decades have Americans been told that they are stupid so they must give their jobs to immigrants from India and China, as well as exporting jobs. Who invented the modern world – the modern world that worked, not the contemporary one where everything is broken. It wasn’t India or China or Korea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mechanical_engineers So, why have Americans been stuck with Math and Science professors they can’t understand for decades? Do those foreign professors even know the topic since no one can understand them? Did they get their degrees because people were too nice to say they couldn’t understand them, like the Emperor with No Clothes? In the US: “Minorities: All persons classified as Black, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Asian or Pacific Islander ” http://www.genesisnphc.org/3%20Definitions%20of%20Minority%20Groups.pdf The 1965 immigration law appears designed to undermine affirmative action for Black Americans. Prior to 1965, Latin Americans were favored over Asians for immigration, too. But, it was clearly designed to deny black Americans their rights by bringing in Asians and giving them “minority” status: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_Nationality_Act_of_1965
Trump also won because Americans learned, far too late, that they have no business engaging in overseas wars. Many learned the hard way. Some knew already but were ignored.
Trump’s mother was born in Scotland. Scotland is still in the EU. If Europe was even slightly fair in immigration policy, then that would make him an EU national. Both his paternal grandparents were born in Germany. So, he’s more European than American. So, if Juncker thinks Trump is “ignorant” then he is calling a fellow European ignorant. Trump is so European he’s still in New York. Two of Trump’s wives have been from countries which are in the EU. Trump may know more about the EU’s diversity than Juncker.
Most Americans will happily take the ignorant over the condescendingly arrogant any day.
Much of Europe is, indeed, at risk due to shared borders with Russia, and many Americans do not understand that anymore. However, Americans understand that they cannot afford to be the watchdog of the world, while being treated as lower than dogs – dirt under the feet of both Europe’s banking elites and those continental Europeans who are barely out of serfdom.
“Trump ignorant of Europe, poses risk to relations: EU’s Juncker
Posted:Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:22:12 -0500
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president poses risks for the relationship between the European Union and the United States, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday”
During a debate, Bernie Sanders also said that “Europe should pick up more of the burden of their defense“: “Given the fact that France has a very good health care system and free public education, college education for their people, the U.K. has a good National Health Service and they also provide fairly reasonable higher education, you know what, yeah, I do believe that the countries of Europe should pick up more of the burden for their defense” This article goes into detail: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/apr/19/bernie-s/sanders-oversimplifies-us-share-NATO/ The French pay for their educations, but not much compared to Americans. Some other countries do have free college ed.
NATO according to Whitehouse.gov:
“For Immediate Release
July 08, 2016
FACT SHEET: U.S. Contributions to NATO Capabilities
The United States and our 27 allies are strongly committed to NATO’s three core tasks of collective defense, crisis management, and cooperative security. In pursuit of these tasks, NATO seeks a range of capabilities and other resources from allies. These capabilities are provided mostly from allied national inventories, but also in the form of military personnel assigned to the NATO Command Structure and a range of common-funded communications, command, control and intelligence capabilities to support that NATO Command Structure.
Like all allies, the United States does not actually transfer forces to NATO until the Supreme Allied Commander Europe requests them for a particular NATO-led operation that has been authorized by NATO’s North Atlantic Council. For purposes of coherently planning for future capabilities, NATO asks each allied nation, through the assignment of various “capability targets,” to develop or maintain in its inventory a fair share of the total capabilities that may be required by NATO. Allied defense ministers undertake to pursue these capability targets in their national defense plans.
For most allies, certain high-end conventional U.S. military capabilities, and an independent strategic-level nuclear deterrent, would be out of reach, due to cost or level of technology. Examples include large deck aircraft carrier battle forces, upper layer ballistic missile defense interceptor capability, advanced stand-off electronic warfare capability, and large-scale, globally-deployable logistics capabilities. The Alliance depends mainly on the United States for these long-range power projection-related capabilities that have high conventional deterrence value. Some allies have some of these capabilities, in limited quantities, but if they were not able to operate as part of a multinational force that includes predominantly U.S. enabling capabilities, most allies would not be able to mount an effective deterrent, nor conduct high intensity or large-scale, long duration operations. Therefore, declaring these enabling capabilities to be available to NATO, for planning purposes, can be an effective force multiplier for the United States, recognizing that additional allied forces include nearly two million military personnel equipped and potentially available for joint operations. At the same time, NATO has undertaken to reduce its over-reliance on the United States by asking other allies to develop more of these enabling capabilities. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which will introduce fifth generation fighter capability to several allied air forces, is a prime example.
The United States also funds about 22 percent of the relatively small NATO Common Funded budgets (approximately $685 million out of NATO’s $2.8 billion per year) which finance shared capabilities that benefit all allies. This shared funding accounts for just 0.03 percent of the allied nations’ aggregate defense spending, yet every $22 the United States contributes leverages $100 worth of Alliance capability. Common Funding supports, among other things, certain Alliance operational costs (such as in Afghanistan or Kosovo); NATO AWACS (see below); training and exercises; joint facilities and infrastructure; common communications; the NATO headquarters and staff; and NATO’s unparalleled multinational integrated military command structure.
For that NATO Command Structure, the United States and other allies contribute military personnel (around 8,950 total) to staff the NATO Command Structure headquarters that command and control NATO operations. The United States provides around 930 personnel, or about 10 percent of the requirement, and hosts the headquarters of NATO’s Allied Command Transformation as part of the community of military installations in and around Norfolk, Virginia.
The United States also contributes, with other allies, to certain multinational projects that achieve economies of scale in developing collective capabilities to support critical NATO operational requirements:
* NATO Ballistic Missile Defense. In September 2009, the President announced the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) which provides missile defense to Europe. EPAA is a phased plan to provide regional ballistic missile defense (BMD) to protect Europe, including forward deployed U.S. forces. This system is neither capable against nor directed at Russia’s strategic nuclear deterrent, but focuses instead on ballistic missile threats from outside the Euro-Atlantic area. At the 2010 NATO Summit in Lisbon, allied heads of state and government agreed to develop a NATO regional missile defense capability and welcomed the EPAA as the U.S. contributions to NATO BMD. During the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago, allies declared NATO BMD interim capability, which consisted of a deployed AN/TPY-2 radar in Turkey, one Aegis ship deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, and a Command and Control Battle Management and Communication node at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. All three elements are under NATO command and control. EPAA Phase II began when the fourth U.S. BMD-capable Aegis ship forward deployed to Rota, Spain, and the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) in Romania marked its operational certification on May 12, 2016. We anticipate an associated NATO milestone will be announced by allies at the Warsaw Summit. On May 13, 2016, the United States and allies also broke ground on construction of the AAMDS in Poland. When construction ends by December 2018, and the system is operationally certified, the third and final phase of EPAA will be complete.
* NATO Airborne Early Warning Control (NAEW&C – “NATO AWACS”). The NAEW&C consists of 16 E-3A AWACS aircraft based in Geilenkirchen, Germany. The aircraft have had an important presence in NATO campaigns in Afghanistan, Libya, Kosovo, and the Mediterranean, as well as recently in assurance measures in the East and in Turkey. Sixteen nations contribute funding for modernization programs and certain operational costs related to the NAEW&C force, and the UK makes contributions-in-kind from its national inventory of 6 E-3D AWACS aircraft based in Waddington, UK. The two largest contributors are the U.S. (with a 40 percent cost share) and Germany (27 percent). The 16 Allied participants in the program are currently reviewing a $1 billion life-extension program that will keep the fleet operational through 2035. Simultaneously, NATO is in the initial stages of studying options for a follow-on Alliance Future Surveillance and Control capability after 2035.
* Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system. AGS system capabilities will enable the Alliance to perform persistent high-altitude, long-endurance, and unmanned surveillance from aerial platforms with very advanced sensors. AGS includes five Global Hawk Block 40 unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as a ground and support segment. In September 2014, the AGS Force officially began to stand up at Sigonella Air Base, Italy, to prepare for the arrival of the first aircraft in late 2016. By the end of 2017, the AGS program will provide NATO five Global Hawks, with related ground-based systems. Fifteen NATO allies are together acquiring AGS for a total of €1.3B, with the U.S. paying a 42 percent acquisition cost share for this critical requirement, as well as 28 percent of the operations costs which are shared across 26 nations.
* NATO Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR). NATO’s Chicago Summit endorsed a JISR capabilities initiative to create a network-centric capability that integrates disparate national and multinational ISR capabilities (such as AGS and NATO AWACs) and provides dedicated ISR command and control and training. In February 2016, NATO defense ministers declared that JISR had achieved initial operating capability, following improvements in NATO’s JISR doctrine and procedures, training, and network architecture. The United States contributes to this network through NATO common funding and smaller multinational programs. Allies are now considering a longer-term, iterative capability-development strategy to advance this key enabling capability area.
* C-17 Strategic Airlift Command (SAC). Ten NATO allies plus two Partnership for Peace countries work under a Memorandum of Understanding to operate three Boeing C-17 strategic transport aircraft out of Papa Air Base, Hungary. The participating nations each control a proportional share of the available fight hours, based on their respective acquisition cost shares, and may choose to make their hours available to support operations led by nations, by NATO or by the European Union. The U.S. acquisition cost share was 33 percent (for which the United States provided one C-17 aircraft as its contribution). The U.S. annual operations cost share is 31 percent (of a total annual cost of $153 million).
* Precision-Guided Munitions (PGM). A multinational project, launched at the Wales Summit to address requirements for air-to-ground Precision-Guided Munitions (PGM), has grown to include eight allied nations. Now the participants are pursuing multinational procurement of U.S.-manufactured PGMs using the NATO Lead Nation Procurement Initiative, an innovative U.S. arrangement that allows a single lead nation from a multinational group to acquire U.S. systems through Foreign Military Sales and then transfer a portion of those systems to other participating nations without additional retransfer requests. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency has submitted Letter of Request documentation designed to enable several of these nations to acquire substantial numbers of PGMs. Implementation efforts are ongoing, and the initial procurement details should be finalized in the coming months.”