Bashing wealth creators isn’t new, but back home in the good old US of A, very few outside the media take it seriously. Americans know that if they scramble and make it, they will receive their fellow citizens’ admiration rather than condemnation.
Which brings me to Obama and his cohorts across the pond. Many of them now have great reservations about the first black president because he has not turned out to be as socialist as they are. The fact that Obama and his fellow free spenders have driven up the national debt to 15.5 trillion greenbacks—nearly five trillion more since he came into office—does not impress the faceless bureaucrooks of Brussels, Paris, London, and Berlin. Obama and those who voted to lift the debt limit should be stars in the eyes of the Brussels gang, but they are disliked for not having lifted it enough.
Far removed from the Brussels power gangs, young Europeans often praise Ron Paul. They agree with his calls to halt the endless wars and to legalize drugs. Europe takes Uncle Sam for granted and refuses to share in military expenditures. Europe refuses to pick up more of the military burden, becoming what some of us who pick up checks in restaurants call a free rider. This should make it easy for Obama to do what Ron Paul asks ad nauseam: Bring the boys back home and see how the rest of the freeloaders like it. Even Europe’s two most important military powers, Britain and France, no longer have the capabilities to execute an overseas military operation. Argentina could invade the Falklands tomorrow, and Britain would have to ask Uncle Sam for a carrier, as their last one was recently decommissioned. Without the US, the NATO powers in Libya would have been without logistics and intelligence, yet they took full credit.
Obama’s refusal to read the riot act to Netanyahu astounded Europe. They see him as more of the same—scared to death of the Israeli lobby and accepting Netanyahu’s insults and defiance of the UN’s anti-settlements resolution. Europeans can’t see a difference between Obama and the GOP candidates who genuflect in front of Likud. I suppose the only difference is skin color. Plus ça change!
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