No more sponging off America

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.

Polite.

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:

Who are the real isolationists in America?

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4 Responses to No more sponging off America

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    All true. And, thanks to President Trump for changing things. 😀

    Liked by 6 people

  2. Lucille says:

    As the President said, though we’re pulling 2,000 American military personnel from Syria and agreeing with Saudi Arabia to take the reins in protecting the Kurds, we will maintain a force in Iraq which can go to the rescue if things to awry. There’s no need to physically be in Syria and continue the muck-up started by Hillary and Obama.

    Carry your own weight or get carried out. Granted, the Western world is so used to sponging that I doubt sincerely they’ll be able to carry their own weight.

    The President is a bold thinker and player. Perhaps insisting that Europe grow up will encourage them to actually do it. It’s a risk worth taking.

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  3. Lucille says:

    The Americans: A Canadian’s Opinion By Gordon Sinclair was fun to hear and told the truth as seen from 2007 during GWB’s Presidency…and it’s still true today.

    My Dad used to call Uncle Sam, Uncle Sugar.

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  4. Garry Smith says:

    Gordon Sinclair was a National Treasure and represents what it meant to be a real Journalist. His comments reflected the feelings of the vast majority of Canadians at the time, and (updated) convey those of most mature Canadians today. Current Cdn PM and his affirmative appointed new world globalists are a complete and total embarrassment to Canada. Where POTUS DJT has a mandate to build the US stronger by building up the lives of it’s citizens and taxpayers at home and on the world stage, Canada’s leadership is close to having achieved it’s goal of completely fragmenting any hint of Nationalism and enforcing policies and laws more closely resembling the dna of a Cuban satellite dictatorship rather than the Judaeo Christian Common Law upon which Canada was founded. We need fewer regulations, less taxes, closed borders and incentives for businesses to create jobs. Wonder if Don Jr. could be persuaded to move north?

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