It is a sad day for America when you see that Europe can no longer trust our American leadership. We used to be the “go to guys” for just about every situation and were viewed as the card holders. Leaders counted on the United States Leadership for council and participation. Now it seems that the Obama administration has the world leaders viewing us as no longer influential in most affairs, especially the looming threat of a Russian war with Europe.
Secretary Kerry delivers remarks at the 52nd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on February 13, 2016
As Written By Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View:
Europe is facing a convergence of the worst crises since World War II, and the overwhelming consensus among officials and experts here is that the U.S. no longer has the will or the ability to play an influential role in solving them.
At the Munich Security Conference, the prime topics are the refugee crisis, the Syrian conflict, Russian aggression and the potential dissolution of the European Union’s very structure. Top European leaders repeatedly lamented that 2015 saw all of Europe’s problems deepen, and unanimously predicted that in 2016 they would get even worse.
“The question of war and peace has returned to the continent,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the audience, indirectly referring to Russian military interventions. “We had thought that peace had returned to Europe for good.”
What was missing from the conference speeches and even the many private discussions in the hallways, compared to previous years, was the discussion of what Europe wanted or even expected the U.S. to do…….