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Europe's Wishes Came True

C. R.4 Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 11:37 AM
Oh, get real. I have lived and worked outside the US and it was not the corporations who dealt us the stuff we are going thru today. It is the American ideal to help, but I agree, unless attacked, we are not there to cover the rears of the European countries that caused the situations in most of the countries in conflict. Let Europe handle it. We bailed them out in WWII and that is more than enough. We are not their mother, so let them grow up and take responsibility for what they caused over the last 200 years! and probably more than that. History, again.

Almost a decade ago, Europeans and many progressive Americans were lamenting how the United States was going to miss out on the 21st-century paradigm symbolized by the robust European Union. Neanderthal Americans were importing ever more oil while waging a costly "war on terror" and fighting two conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our budget deficit in 2003 hit $374 billion.

The EU avoided foreign conflicts and embraced soft power. Its declining military budgets and centralized transnational government ensured that it could address global warming and fund ever-expanding entitlements. Even the poorer Mediterranean nations reached new heights of prosperity. The Greek economy...