From Don Surber:
Melanie Phillips, a British journalist, is a polite lady. She explained President Trump’s laissez-faire foreign policy in polite terms.
“But for the West in general, Trump’s decision has significance far beyond Syria or Iran. It signals the end of America’s role as world policeman — the end of what might be called the Pax Americana dependency culture,” she wrote.
But we all know it as sponging off us.
We keep buying the keg, and they keep complaining the beer is too warm. Except the British, of course. They say it is too cold.
Canadian broadcaster Gordon Sinclair blasted this ingratitude in a commentary on June 5, 1973, when we were at a low point. He spoke of all the times we helped a neighbor (even 10,000 miles away) with little appreciation and no reciprocation.
“When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke. I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble,” he said.
“Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don’t think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
That was 45 years ago.
Finally, a president is ending this nonsense.
Phillips wrote, “He is scandalized by the way in which Europe and the rest of the West have leached off American blood and treasure to safeguard their own security. That’s why he has insisted that other members of NATO increase their contributions to the budget.
“That’s why he is so disdainful of E.U. countries that rail at America even while they are relying on its military and intelligence umbrella to keep them safe.
“That’s why, announcing that Saudi Arabia had responded to the U.S. pullout from Syria by saying it would help finance the rebuilding of the country, he tweeted: ‘See? Isn’t it nice when immensely wealthy countries help rebuild their neighbors rather than a Great Country, the US, that is 5000 miles away.'”
Ms Phillips’ analysis of US foreign policy in the Middle East under President Trump is well worth reading: