US is assessing whether or not to withdraw its 35,000 troops from Germany.

The "non-imperial" (it's a relative term) forces of the US military are present in more than 150 countries, including an astonishing 34 bases in Germany alone. That's quite a presence. But this is about Trump's frustration with NATO and anger at Angela Merkel. According to the Washington Post, ...."The redeployment scenarios under study include a large-scale return of U.S. troops stationed in Germany to the United States and a full or partial move of U.S. troops in Germany to Poland — a NATO ally that has met the alliance’s defence spending targets and whose leadership is more in tune with Trump (i.e.: leaning towards fascism). But we should also ask, how would this change suit the Russians? 

The article continues...."Last week, White House frustration was on display in a contentious meeting in Washington between Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Von der Leyen said German budget projections called for increasing defense spending to 1.5 percent of the country’s GDP by 2024. The White House was disappointed with Germany’s efforts, according to officials. Well, no surprise there then. Bolton is a leading Fuckwit and all round nasty piece of work. Don't believe a word he says....

Anyway, it's another straw in the wind of the decline of trans-Atlantic relations and the re-evaluation of the world order that the Ignoramus-Rex Trump is performing. We all know the saying from Karl Marx: "History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce." But if you're Trump, and don't know any history, you are doomed to misunderstand everything... and see it all as novel. And with Bolton leading your negotiations you are never, ever, going to find a better world. The man is one-trick dog who bites before he looks.

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John Bolton - if he isn't a dog, he's an ass.