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Munich Report Sees End of US Military Power, Rise of EU Army

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 20:04
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from The Daily Bell:

Why Europe Is Warning of Pax Americana’s End … Last year, the global security establishment was mildly worried about a growing U.S. disengagement overseas. This year, the worry has given way to a realization that the “liberal world order” — another name for Pax Americana — may be finished, and that new security arrangements are needed. That’s the conclusion that can be drawn from this year’s edition of the Munich Security Report, an agenda-setting document put out annually by the organizers of the Munich Security Conference, the world’s most prestigious geopolitical gathering. – The Economist

The Munich Security Conference is meeting later this week. High on its list will be the lack of clarity over the US military vision.

The 2017 conference will grapple with this lack of vision, understanding that Donald Trump and members of his team are unpredictable. Their statements mean nothing because one contradicts the other.


If the U.S. does retreat, vacuums will be filled by other actors. Key institutions will be weakened, spoilers will be emboldened. And some U.S. allies may see no alternative than to start hedging by seeking out new partners. Others will try to convince the new administration that the U.S.-led alliances continue to be a good deal for Washington — and that there is inherent value in long-term commitments.

After all, successful deals are based on trust, which requires some predictability and is often strongest between countries sharing common values — not between opportunistic leaders. A unilateralist Trump administration may find that it has a different hand than it currently thinks. And once cards are on the table, you cannot pretend you never played them.

The US lack of predictability means that it is not projecting itself abroad the way it used to. Neither in Syria nor in Korean is it taking the strong action that it might have taken in the past. Such actions may lead to “escalation for which it has no stomach.”

In 2017, the U.S. is no longer “the whale” on which the world reposes but as “source of uncertainty and tension.”

In 2017, the U.S. is no longer “the whale” on which the world reposes but as “source of uncertainty and tension.”

For this reason, the new Munich paper has taken the unusual tact of discussing the EU as the “potential new superpower.” While the article admits this is “wishful thinking” so far, it also makes the point that the EU may be forced to move in this direction

Right now the EU needs more integration as if uses too many kinds of weapons and planes. And even despite Europe’s “long, and not entirely forgotten, history of military confrontation,” Europe will have to take action to draw together if the US draws inwards as it seems to be doing.

Europe will have no choice if the US continues to erode from an offensive and defensive point of view. But is this really true? Once more, The Economist is creating a problem where none may exist.

Exactly who is going to attack Europe. Russia? This is a country that cannot even restrain the Ukraine though it would like too. The only other country that could conceivably attack the EU is China, which likely hasn’t launched an offensive war in several thousand years.

Europe in fact does not need

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  • Boo

    Let them hammer the final nail into their bankruptcy coffin … as we all know … war machines waste away it’s hosts until they shrivel up and die.

  • Philo

    It will be a great blessing if Europe really is freed from American CIA rule. The Question is will Trump be able to scatter the CIA to the four winds or will he fail as JFK ? Either way it is interesting to watch things unfold. Espescially if the karma of America comes down upon the real perpetrators or on the heads mainly of those who were complicit by refusing to fight against them.

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