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Saturday, May 22, 2010

German Problem III

[click to enlarge]                   h/t Theo
Related Link » The New Old German Problem
“If it should choose, Germany could go nuclear in six months, its arsenal reflective of a country that makes Mercedes and BMWs. That is not so wild an idea in an age when unstable nations like Iran and North Korea boast of their arsenals and their aggression, while others such as Turkey and Brazil flaunt U.S. faculty-lounge sermons on non-proliferation. If Iran should go nuclear — and I think it will within a year or two — we should imagine that a Brazil, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Syria would too. As the European Union collapses, as third-rate nations become nuclear, and as the United States abdicates its postwar role in ensuring the safety and security of the West, why would Germany continue to subsidize southern Europe while receiving mostly blame for its efforts, while its airspace would be in theory vulnerable to the likes of a theocratic Iran? In a sane world, a financially solvent United States would now step up to the plate, reassure Germany of both its [America's] long-standing financial and military support, and seek through its friendship and alliance to deflect any natural German inclination to translate its economic power and present seething into something other than mere anger at the EU. But we don’t live in a sane world. U.S. finances are following the Greek example. President Obama either does not understand the West or does not care to. To the new America, a Germany is no different from a Pakistan or Venezuela, just another member of the international community, no better or no worse than any other. Our commitment to NATO and the U.S. defense budget will soon be redefined, as even more entitlements along the lines of the recent trillion-dollar health care plan are envisioned. In other words, in such a vacuum, very soon, if we are not careful, we are going to have a German problem — again.”
— Victor Davis Hanson, May 22nd, 2010 (Works and Days)
Victor Davis Hanson is a military historian, columnist, political essayist and former classics professor, notable as a scholar of ancient warfare. He has been a commentator on modern warfare and contemporary politics for National Review and other media outlets, and was a strong supporter of the policies of US President George W. Bush. He was for many years a professor of classics at Cal State University, Fresno, and is currently the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Prof. Hanson, whose commentary on current events (in the powder keg we endearingly call earth) is indispensable only to people who hope for an ongoing future, can always be counted on to foretell the future, if any, in his inimitable measured terms. This gives those of us inclined to slightly less than polite-society reserve to recount his wise insights, with a touch of indiscretion.

WTF?! Will this administration-from-hell never terminate its trek toward that ultimate catastrophe — a third German problem? Those of us of a certain age know full well that the one problem the world must prevent at all cost, including at the cost of a World War III, is another German problem. Is The Obama Himself too young, too stupid, too arrogant, too narcissistic, ... , or all of the above? Will His closest advisers, like that son-of-a-bitch Rahm "It Up Your Ass" Emanuel, and that sneering-and-smirking bastard Robert Gibbs continue to torment all sane individuals in the entire Western civilized world?

Stay tuned, for as long as possible.

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