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Through black-ops and covert operations, European states have remained vassal states of the USA. Through Trump and his ilk this is about to change for the better.

Re: Explaining the EU to outsiders  (4.00 / 3)

America seems, in your account, Frank, to be something of an absent kind uncle. But America is no more absent from Europe than it is from any other major sector of the world. Certainly, in the postwar years, American policy was to support economic integration in Western Europe opposite the Soviet-controlled Eastern bloc. What should not be forgotten is that the same benevolent power was running stay-behind ops in Italy and Belgium (and would have in France too, absent De Gaulle), cooperating with British anti-Communist ops in Greece, tolerating dictatorships in Spain and Portugal, and using Britain and West Germany as Cold War bases, staging-grounds, and propaganda flyers.

The Soviet threat gone, American policy is to support EU/NATO expansion eastwards to prevent Russia from reasserting its influence over Central and Eastern Europe. What America wants from the EU is definitely not political integration into a power capable of being a rival on the world stage. America supports a large neoliberal free-trade area of independent member states with which it can maintain bilateral relations as and how it wishes - in other words, no single rival power but many vassals. (The question that should have been put to Kissinger re his telephone quip is, "How pleased would you be to have just one number and a strong voice at the other end of the line?").

Ideally for the US, EU vassals should be putting more blood and treasure into military undertakings, making NATO a more perfect tool of American policy while freeing up American military resources for presence elsewhere on the planet. EU member states tend to pussy-foot on that, though remaining by and large obedient to American wishes. Such as, for instance, accepting the secret negotiation of a trade treaty combining the US and EU in a single trade area.

As for Britain's role in all this, it has often been described as America's Trojan Horse in the EU. Britain has now spent thirty years fighting for disunion and neoliberalism, so Trojan Horse sounds fair enough, if mild.

Signed, The Atlanticist ;)

by afew on Tue Sep 30th, 2014 at 03:22:02 AM PDT

    Re: Explaining the EU to outsiders (none / 1)

    Thanks for pointing that out.  I think I beat you to the "Trojan Horse" comment in a comment I made on Kos:

    Explaining the European Union to outsiders

    I should have added that the USA was also v. supportive of UK efforts to incorporate Eastern European States as quickly as possible to prevent them falling into a Russian Sphere of influence as well as to prevent EU political Union and Economic integration proceeding too fast and to effectively.

    Do the British elite how isolated economically and how irrelevant politically the UK could become if it did leave the EU?  If so, why do they continue to play the dangerous game of stoking up anti-EU feeling at every opportunity - or have some elements of the elite not gotten the memo yet?

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    by Frank Schnittger on Tue Sep 30th, 2014 at 04:01:39 AM PDT

Emphatic 'No' by de Gaulle | The Guardian - Nov. 1967 |

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