It took Donald Trump's typical bluntness to finally get the message across that the Europeans are responsible for the mess of their own making. Germany in particular has coasted under the American nuclear umbrella for decades, allowing it to concentrate entirely on rebuilding its domestic economy, infrastructure and social welfare state, and thumb its nose at American warmongering imperialism. It's present dangers are self inflicted, not now the Russians, but their failure to deal with muslim invaders who threaten the existence of all Western Europe.
It's one of the least attractive aspects of the German character; the gratitude that the immediate postwar generation felt for our having rescued them from Hitler and the love Germans felt for all things American have vanished.
In their place has come a churlish, we-can-take-it-from-here mutter that does not become them.
"The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands because it can no longer rely on the U.S. as a loyal ally."- Chancellor Angela Merkel.Because things always go great in Europe when Germany goes it alone …