‘America Has Abdicated Its Leadership of the West’

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Frank-Walter Steinmeier


A reader sent me a link to the following from the German publication Der Spiegel:

America Has Abdicated Its Leadership of the West

14 November 2016

For 100 years, the United States was the leader of the free world. With the election of Donald Trump, America has now abdicated that role. It is time for Europe, and Angela Merkel, to step into the void.

Even history sometimes leans toward pathos. In January 2017, when Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the American Age will celebrate its 100th birthday — and its funeral.

The West was constituted in its modern form in January 1917. World War I was raging in Europe at the time and in Washington, D.C., President Woodrow Wilson told his country that it was time for Americans to take responsibility for “peace and justice.” In April he said: “The world must be made safe for democracy.” He declared war on Germany and sent soldiers to Europe to secure victory for the Western democracies — and the United States assumed the leadership of the Western world. It was an early phase of political globalization.

One hundred years later: Trump. …

What will happen to the West, to Europe, to Germany without the United States as its leading power? Germany is a child of the West, particularly of the United States, brought to life with American generosity, long spoon-fed and now in a deep state of shock. The American president was always simultaneously our president, at least a little, and Barack Obama was a worthy president of the West. Now, though, we must come to terms with a lack of Western leadership. …

America was long the benchmark for the West. But if Trump governs as he promised he would during the campaign, the land of the free will abdicate its role as leader of the free world. Then, it will be Europe’s turn.  http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/trump-election-means-europe-must-now-lead-west-a-1120929.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook#ref=rss

Notice that Der Spiegel: is stating that if Donald Trump keeps his promises, it will be Europe’s turn to lead the West.

I wrote an article some time ago titled: Who is the King of the West?. Well Germany recognizes it was the USA, but now it thinks that this situation has changed with the election of Donald Trump.

Despite Der Spiegel‘s wording, the Bible shows that Europe will rise up to lead much of the world.  The Bible refers to this Europeanpower as the ‘Beast of the Sea’ (meaning Mediterranean Sea; watch Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European?) of Revelation 13:1-10 and the final King of the North in Daniel 11:21-45.

It is not just the Germans. The Europeans even had a special meeting to try to determine what to do because of Donald Trump’s election:

Trump election: Europe looks to its defences

November 14, 2016

Walk the normally staid, greying corridors of EU power in Brussels at the moment and you sense an unaccustomed buzz, a nervousness; there’s a whiff of almost frenzied expectation.

Change is in the air: exciting and emboldening for some, frightening for others. …

The UK foreign secretary may dismiss it as a “whinge-o-rama” and Hungary’s government may mutter about “exaggerated panic”, but EU leaders – and their foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday – have a list of clear-cut concerns about President-elect Trump. …

Once again, EU talk of a European Defence Union looms large.

It’s hardly a new idea – big powers France, Germany, Italy and Spain pushed loudly for it following the UK’s Brexit vote in June – but now there’s a sense of increased urgency.

This is not about building an EU army, insist advocates (though some Europeans are in favour), but rather about sharing defence capabilities and moving towards increased self-reliance in an insecure world. … big power Germany hastily convened an EU foreign ministers’ dinner in Brussels on Sunday night to discuss Donald Trump’s victory … http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37972087

November 14, 2016

European Union leaders held what is being called an emergency meeting in Brussels Sunday night, following last week’s surprise victory of President-elect Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election.

Reportedly on the agenda at the dinner meeting of foreign ministers: Russia, Iran and what agreements made with the United States during President Barack Obama’s tenure Trump stands to change. http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-11-14/europe-holds-emergency-meeting-about-donald-trump

Notice something else from an article in Der Spiegel:

14 November 2016

The leaders of the West, minus America, face monumental tasks ahead. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/trump-election-means-europe-must-now-lead-west-a-1120929.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook#ref=rss

Germany has already started to take steps related to a potential leader:

14 November 2016

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party (CDU) has backed Social Democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier to be the ruling coaliton’s candidate for the German presidency, following talks among party leaders on Monday morning.

The CDU’s Bavarian sister-party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), also gave its backing for Steinmeier. “We have come to an agreement, CSU and CDU,” CSU leader Horst Seehofer said. “That is what’s important.” http://www.dw.com/en/steinmeier-poised-to-be-germanys-next-president-without-conservative-rival/a-36381239

While the role of the president in Germany is somewhat ceremonial (the power is with the chancellor), this is a bold ‘slap in the face’ to the USA.

How so?

Well, Frank-Walter Steinmeier has repeatedly and steadfastly been against Donald Trump.  Here is a news item prior to Donald Trump’s election:

19 July 2016

Donald Trump, having clinched the Republican Party’s nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election, threatens U.S. and world security with his “politics of fear and isolation,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday.

Steinmeier told Reuters in a written interview that he was concerned about what he called Trump’s ambiguous vows to “make America strong again,” while simultaneously reducing its engagement overseas.

“That is contradictory and it makes me concerned,” Steinmeier said as he headed to Washington for meetings with other foreign and defense ministers to assess the U.S.-led effort to defeat the Islamic State extremist group.

“A politics of fear and isolation will bring less security, not more, and would be dangerous not only for the United States, but for Europe and the rest of the world as well.” http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-germany-trump-idUSKCN0ZZ2YY

After Donald Trump’s election, on November 9, 2016, Walter Steinmeier also spoke about what the election might mean for Germany.

“We hope that we are not facing greater instability in international politics. During his campaign, Trump was critical not just of Europe, but also of Germany. I believe we must prepare for American foreign policy becoming less predictable. We must prepare for a situation in which America will be tempted to make decisions on its own more often.” “I don’t want to sugarcoat it: Nothing will be easier and much will be more difficult,” he continued.  http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/european-leaders-and-politicians-react-to-trump-victory-a-1120478.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook#ref=rss

Germany has decided to make someone president who has repeatedly denounced the US President-elect. This is a bold move and is showing the rest of Europe that Germany is taking the lead in distancing itself from the USA.

Although Europe does have its own problems, the Bible says it will rise up anyway, and reorganize:

41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. 43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. (Daniel 2:41-43)

12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. (Revelation 17:12-13)

While the promotion of Frank-Walter Steinmeier is NOT the prophesied reorganization, the meeting yesterday, combined with the announcement about him today shows that Europe is moving towards reorganization. And ultimately, a reorganization that a Vatican leader will endorse.

A reorganization that will NOT end well for the USA or its Anglo-Saxon descended allies (cf. Daniel 8:25; 11:39; Habakkuk 2:6-8).


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