That was a rare and gracious tribute to American power. But it also served to highlight Germany’s dependence on U.S. might for her defense. Now, a small contingent of German troops is serving with NATO forces in Afghanistan, and Germans are dying in defense of freedom for the first time in their long history. Germans are increasingly a part of a coalition of the unwilling. German soldiers in Afghanistan are openly questioning Berlin, demanding of Chancellor Merkel the reason they are in that war-torn country.
Germany can shrug. Atlas can’t. That’s why the U.S. cannot maintain military strength and Euro-socialism at the same time. Perhaps that’s what this administration really wants. President Obama’s curious--very curious--statement that we are a dominant military superpower “whether we like it or not” was most revealing. It was a statement from the soul of a Peace Prize winner, from the heart of a nuclear pacifist.
It may well be that this crisis that liberals don’t want to waste is being used precisely to end America’s role as the world’s dominant military superpower. It may be that the pacifist wing of the Democratic Party, the wing that nominated Obama, intends to use the VAT and ObamaCare as a means of disarming the U.S.
Soviet military power eventually collapsed because spending grew out of control. The Soviets had to leave Afghanistan. The left has always resented America’s ability to project force. Perhaps they understand there’s more than one way to bring the troops home.
Meanwhile, it is increasingly clear: If Obama keeps his majorities in Congress, he will give us a VAT. As endangered Freshman Tom Periello (D-Va.) memorably put it: “Unless you tie our hands, we’ll keep stealing.”
President Obama’s Republican opponents have united around the theme of repealing ObamaCare. Now, they must add to that opposition another binding pledge: Stop VAT.