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John Chuckman



I regret to say he may be right.

The EU was a great idea, but its execution and its administration, especially in recent years, have been disasters.

It did not have to be this way.

But American influence pushed the EU in the direction it has gone, extending itself too far and into countries incapable of meeting the same standards as the traditional anchor states of the EU.

The United States has used the EU in much the same fashion it uses NATO, to control European affairs, to create a wall against Russia (Europe’s natural partner for many resources and projects), and effectively to create one-stop shopping for the State Department in pushing American policies and demands.

Europe’s weak leadership has been complicit, always accommodating American imperial attitudes, and it deserves responsibility for the regrettable events happening.

There are some very short-sighted comments here, especially stuff about traditional borders and sovereignty. That is tiresome stuff which ignores history and stifles much original thinking.

The borders of modern nation states are neither somehow sacred nor are they eternal. Everything about the modern political entities we call states or countries is subject to change over time.

Look, modern Italy only came into existence in 1861.

Modern Germany really only dates to Bismarck.

Tiny Austria was once a great sprawling empire, just before WWI.

America only dates back 225 years, but actually modern America only dates to the 1860s Civil War.

Indeed, parts of America were only added around the turn of the last century with the Spanish-American War and the illegal seizure of Hawaii.

Things change.

Sometimes countries come into being, and sometimes they disappear, as did the USSR just a couple of decades ago.

The EU was a promising experiment in creating a large market with world-scale clout as well as a new force in world affairs to offset the undue influence of a post-Cold War United States.

Emerging China and the BRICS countries are other developments along those lines.

A multi-polar world is far better than a unipolar world, just as surely as representative government is better than a dictatorship in a single country.

But the EU leadership has failed, and it has failed in many ways.

The United States, in the interest of keeping its single-power status in the world, deliberately encouraged much of the destructive nonsense of the EU. America’s establishment – the same folks who gave you Bush and Obama and Clinton – is not looking for competitors nor does it welcome anything which erodes its ability to exert near-dictatorial influence over a good deal of the world.

The United Nations, too, has come under the same increasing American pressure. Essentially, America has been saying to the UN, do it my way or it’s the highway. Progressively weaker Secretaries-General recently culminated in Ban Ki-Moon, a totally ineffective man who failed to speak for the 95% of humanity who are not Americans.

While Trump’s promises to end the terrible excesses of the Bush-Obama Neocons are welcome, antipathy to worthy international organizations is not. This hostility plays to the belly-over-the-belt segment of Trump supporters, and, in the end, if there are no other effective voices in the world, America may easily slide back into Neocon assumption of arrogant and destructive power.

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