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Friday, December 28, 2018

No more sponging off America

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.


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.

"Our neighbors have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. and when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles."

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.'"

Let the Arabs take care of Arabia, the Koreans take care of Korea, and the Europeans take care of Europe.

Her column was in support of supporting Saudi Arabia in its struggle in Yemen against Iran. Sadly, our Congress chose Death to America Iran over the 80-year ally in Riyadh.

That $170 billion Obama and a Republican Congress have Iran paid for lobbying. And likely that lobbying involved money or favors changing hands.

The Swamp is draining. Americans will take care of America.


  1. Good for her. No doubt this point and Ms. Phillips will be ignored by liberals and the Washington swamp.

  2. "Obama and a Republican congress"

    Might as well say, in a sense, at least up until very soon, I hope, Republican congress = Obama. Or better yet, Paul Ryan = Obama.

    1. Ahhhhhh......

      Petulant Pau!ie Rino.

      He still prancing and primping?

      Give it another month.

      He'll be suckling an indirect government bunch of tits by then.

  3. The Lefties sneered at the idea of a Pax Americana or referred to it it as the American Empire.

    Until now. Now they can't believe we're letting the world take care of itself because that would be so lower class.

    1. Thank you, Ed. ANOTHER LibCommie double standard/hypocrisy/volte face. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

  4. This article was very helpful in gaining a better understanding of what is happening. Thank you.

  5. It's about time we isolated ourselves from this global contagion: national spongiform encephalopathy. Like ebola, the best way to avoid contraction of the disease is to avoid any contact with the carriers. Let them survive on their own devices. - Elric

  6. Gordon Sinclair...Now there was a man who called it as he saw it.
    I remember well listening to Mr Sinclair on CFRB when I was growing up in Toronto in the 50's & 60's.
    They tossed in the mold with him when they laid him to rest.
    ... a likeable guy he was too.

    Sam C

  7. When America came to the rescue, they did it with borrowed money and rich corporations became richer. This is the reason for the outcry at an America first policy from both within and outside of the US.

    1. Let’s see some evidence for that sweeping generalization...BTW, all your credit cards paid up?

  8. With friends like the Saudis, who needs enemies?

  9. Randy Newman: "We give them money and are they grateful, no they're spiteful and they're hateful. Let's surprise 'em and pulverize'em, let's drop the big one now."


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