Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
November 30, 2016
As readers here can tell, over this past week I’ve been largely concentrating on geopolitical stories, particularly those that seem to have been due to blowback and implications from the American presidential election/referendum. In this respect, there are three articles that caught my attention this week, because they are sending out mixed messages. They were shared, respectively, by Mr. E.O., Mr. T.M., and Ms. C:
‘Russia is not our enemy’ – NATO Navy Commander
The EU is pursuing defense policies that rely less on the US after Trump’s win
European Union Confirm EU Army Will Launch In 2017
Let’s start with the last article first. Notably, the expressed reason for creating a “pan-European” military is the BREXIT vote, which, as we’ll see, is probably nonsense, but a convenient way for the EU globaloney crowd to continue pouting and to strengthen their hand in the difficult negotiations ahead. The real reasons are expressed in the second article, namely, the election of Donald Trump. To be sure, this constitutes another convenient excuse, for the idea of a common European military has been the goal all along. Mr. Trump simple affords an excuse to “speed the process up”, as a common military gives a bureaucratic reason and glue to keep the otherwise faltering EU together.
From a strategic point of view, the creation of a European army is necessary, at least, if the EU’s pretensions to being the “third way” or “third superpower” between the US and Russia (or, depending on one’s lights, China), are to have any weight. With the loss of Great Britain to the project, Europe’s sole remaining acknowledged thermonuclear power is France, although most regular readers here are aware that I personally think Germany is also a thermonuclear power, a thing kept relatively quiet by the corporate globalist media, perhaps in the name of political “expediency.” More importantly, the European powers individually have neither the strategic depth of a Russia, China, USA or even Brazil, nor do any of them individually have a population base of more than 100 million. If Europe is to project deterrent power of a conventional military nature to any of the powers that do have these things, it simply will require a military on a large population base, and that is only possible with an integrated European military.
The effectiveness of such a military integration, however, is in doubt. It will require integrated armaments industries (a step towards which was taken with recent mergers of French and German armaments concerns in a kind of modern version of a Schneider Creusot-Krupp monster, if one can imagine such a thing; the Airbus consortium of companies already being a framework for potential collaboration in aerospace military matters, and of course there’s the “Eurofigher”), but more importantly, a way to manage efficiently the units of so many different nationalities and languages. Think of it as a kind of Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian army, on steroids, probably similarly based on two “official languages”, in this case, not German and Hungarian, but rather German and French. And of course, all this will mean further erosions of national sovereignty in Europe, and in the current political climate, that could become very problematic. Does the average Frenchman want decisions for war or peace being made by Brussels bureaucrats, given their track record of…
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