Rejoice, citizens, for good news abounds!
This is what sensible people would refer to as “a good start.”– For starters, President Donald Trump (I still never tire of typing those three glorious words in that order) announced this morning that the United States of by-God America is pulling 12,000 troops out of Germany. For those keeping count, that is fully 3,000 more troops than Trump indicated he would be pulling out of that country when the topic was first raised a few weeks ago.
Even better is the reason the President gave for making the move:
"Germany's delinquent," said Pres Trump, asked about decision to pull 12,000 US forces out of Germany. "They haven't paid their @NATO fees…and they have no intention of paying it," he says of Germany. "Why why would we keep all of those troops there?" he asks. pic.twitter.com/6Iwj4UFWgN
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 29, 2020
Beautiful. Wonderful. Absolutely glorious.
More detail from a report at Politico:
The Pentagon on Wednesday laid out a plan to shift nearly 12,000 service members out of Germany after President Donald Trump repeatedly said the country was “delinquent” on defense spending.
Top defense leaders said the plan, which would bring 6,400 service members home and reposition nearly 5,600 to other countries in Europe, is part of the Pentagon’s broader effort to redistribute U.S. forces across the world to better compete with new threats from Russia and China. The move will leave 24,000 troops in Germany, where the United States has stationed a significant number of forces since the end of the Cold War.
Esper stressed that the plan will enhance NATO’s ability to deter Russian aggression and strengthen U.S. alliances in Europe, yet also reiterated the president’s criticism of Germany.
“Let’s be clear: I think Germany is the wealthiest country in Europe, Germany can and should pay more to its defense, It should certainly meet the 2 percent standard and I would argue go above and beyond that,” Esper said, noting that the plan has already received “very positive feedback” from several European countries.
The move will cost in the “single-digit” billions of dollars, Esper said, and will begin in the coming weeks.
German officials immediately trashed the plan. Norbert Röttgen, chair of the Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee, noted in a statement to POLITICO that the move would weaken the NATO alliance and reduce the effectiveness of the U.S. military against Russia and in the Middle East.[End]
Thus in the end does Germany’s spokesman prove the President’s point: The country that is delinquent in its dues to NATO accusing the country that funds the preponderance of that out-dated alliance’s operations of moving to “weaken” it. Stunning hypocrisy that makes one question the wisdom of our country spending another dollar defending the German homeland.
Just as a reminder for those who have forgotten: NATO was created to defend Eastern Europe from the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union hasn’t existed for 30 years, and Russia is far less a threat to the free world than China, Iran or even North Korea.
Tell us again why NATO still exists, because the answer is truly no longer clear.
But…but…but the New York Times assured us a year ago that Brennan’s security clearance had never been revoked. – They wouldn’t lie to us, would they?
Apparently, they would. The Washington Examiner reports today that corrupt Obama CIA Director John Brennan discovered he no longer has access to classified information while he was working on a new book.
From the DC Examiner piece:
Former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of President Trump, found out he had been blocked from accessing his classified notes and records while working on his new memoir.
He writes in his forthcoming book, Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, at Home and Abroad, that after months of “haggling” he discovered the CIA was abiding by the directive Trump gave in August 2018 “that purportedly forbids anyone in the intelligence community from sharing classified information with me.”
The White House confirmed the directive was being enforced, which is news considering the New York Times reported in May of last year that the president never revoked Brennan’s security clearance.
“The President has constitutional authority to control access to classified information, which he exercised here in view of Mr. Brennan’s erratic behavior and the President’s belief that access to classified information should be solely for the benefit of the government and the American people,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Brennan, who has been clearly implicated in the Obamagate schemes to fix the 2016 election and spy on the Trump campaign and transition team, is currently a target of John Durham’s investigation and likely in jeopardy of spending many years in federal prison. Obviously, it would not be in any way appropriate for such a person to maintain a security clearance while the investigation is ongoing.
It is also pretty obvious that Brennan’s book is designed to build up a fund with which to pay his legal bills, which are no doubt already mounting up. There is no reason why the federal government that he betrayed should allow him continued access to classified information with which he has very clearly demonstrated he cannot be trusted.
President Trump should be celebrated for protecting the nation from a clear and present danger.
That is all.
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