Europe wants more USA attention

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Europeans are disappointed with the USA and want more attention from Washington:

November 8, 2016

Over the last 15 years, Europeans have had rather disappointing experiences with American presidents. That’s just as true for the relationship with Republican George W. Bush as it is for the one with Democrat Barack Obama. The Bush years were dominated by disagreements over the Iraq war and America’s war on terror. Bush divided Europeans into those who were with him, and those who were against him. Europe also found itself deeply divided over his course.

When Obama took office in January, 2009, many Europeans were hoping for the start of a new era in transatlantic relations. When his new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first came to Brussels, she received an enthusiastic welcome. The Ice Age appeared to be over. But it was hard to really speak of a new closeness between the US and Europe. Obama wasn’t all that interested in Europe, and it showed. He, instead, became famous for his “pivot” toward Asia.

Focus on Europe

Many on either side of the Atlantic are once again hoping to revive the transatlantic partnership. “Europe should occupy the top spot on the list of priorities for the next president, because it’s about the most important strategic alliance the United States has,” said Erica Chenoweth, an expert on international security policy at the University of Denver.

“The next president needs to turn toward Europe in a way we haven’t seen since the 1990s.” …

No matter who wins the election, Europeans need to get ready for change, said Yanis Emmanouilidis of the Brussels-based European Policy Center. In the event of a Trump victory, “a lot will change, because his positions are radically different from those of past presidents, or past administrations,” Emmanouilidis said. But even in the case of a President Clinton, there will be change. “She will be governing a deeply divided country,” he said, meaning that she will face pressures that will “have an effect on her foreign policy decisions.”

Ronald Freudenstein of the Brussels-based Martens Center has also warned against the “illusion that, under Hillary, everything will be much the same as it was before,” even if it’s clear that the bigger change would come from a Trump presidency. “The anger against the establishment that both Trump and Bernie Sanders have embodied is a factor with which Hillary Clinton will have to come to terms. That will affect everything from the economy and trade to foreign policy. Even if she has much more sensible ideas in all these areas than Trump, she will have to take into account the frustrations of many lower- and middle-class Americans,” he said.

Time reported:

December 21, 2015

For all the rhetoric from U.S. presidential candidates, Washington can no longer even pretend to play global police officer, because public support isn’t there for any action that might require long-term commitments of U.S. troops and taxpayer dollars. … there are now too many important international players with the political and economic self-confidence to simply ignore Washington’s lead.

That’s true even of allies. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former German Defense Minister, warns of an erosion in transatlantic trust, exacerbated by the U.S. presidential-election season. The campaign anthem will be “forget Europe,” he says—and it won’t come only from Donald Trump.

While the campaign did not ‘forget Europe’ both of the major candidates said things that the Europeans did not like.

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton made statements against the TTIP trade agreement.

And both of them said that the Europeans needed to spend more of their own money on defense.

The leaders in Europe did not like to hear either of those positions.

In a Donald Trump presidency, many leaders in Europe will see this as proof that they cannot rely on the USA for their defense, etc. Some in Europe actually want Donald Trump to win in order for Europe to more closely unite and develop its own military (see ‘Why Europe Secretly Roots For Donald Trump’?).

If Hillary Clinton is elected, her actions will likely be a bit more subtle. She may or may not give the Europeans more attention than she did as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State. She likely will assist the rise of the European military with USA money and technology.

But considering their disappointment with Barack Obama, leaders in Europe will also look to themselves for more and more. And that is true no matter who is the President of the United States in 2017.

That being said, no matter where you live, Europe deserves some of your attention. The Bible says that a coming European Beast power will reorganize and is going to surprise the world with its military success:

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)

3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:3-4)

The world will marvel because it did not think that the European BeastKing of the North, power could possibly beat the USA militarily (Daniel 11:39; see also USA in Prophecy: The Strongest Fortresses).

Europe would like the USA to accept more of Europe’s unity, trade, and climate agendas.  And it would prefer that the USA continue to subside its military.

But the time will come when Europe will takeover the USA. The next President of the USA will do things that will lead to that.

News presenter: John Hickey.