The European Union has decided they need to form their own
collective military force to handle
“crises” (like Kosovo) on their own continent. According to reports, EU
ministers claim they rely too much on U.S. forces and feel they are
ready to let 310 million Europeans defend themselves instead of 265
million reluctant and pretentious Americans. I agree.
However, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher believes
this is a bad idea.
She thinks such a move will lead to a “European superstate” designed “to
The reality is that the EU has already been created; if there is to
be a “European superstate,” it is well on its way. Besides, why should
we assume such a European entity would automatically “rival” — meaning
alienate — the U.S.? Thatcher worries such an EU military force would
also diminish NATO, but the time has long since passed when Americans
should have realized that NATO is an anachronism. Europeans should be
left alone to defend their own little corner of the world.
For most of the 20th century, American soldiers and American
taxpayers have sacrificed themselves for the safety and security of
Europe. In some instances the sacrifices were justified, but in many
others they weren’t.
Because of our leaders’ almost fanatical preoccupation with the
machinations — political and otherwise — of European affairs, two U.S.
presidents have sentenced hundreds of thousands of American servicemen
to death in the last 100 years fighting on that continent. Before then,
Europeans either fought us or amongst themselves. Today, however, they
don’t seem to have much fight left in them. But that’s not our problem.
As China and the Russian federation draw closer together, there may
come a time in the years ahead when U.S. and EU forces must — out of
concern for mutual survival — band together once again. In the
interim, America should never completely disengage itself from every
economic, political and military issue originating in Europe.
However, neither should we sign innumerable guarantees that
automatically pledge this country’s blood and fortune to the struggles
of a people who never seem to run out of excuses for relying on us to
handle their messes. Kosovo was but the latest example; about 70
percent of NATO’s “commitment” there was financed and supplied by U.S.
sources. The European countries mostly complained about our results but
offered little in the way of viable alternatives.
If the EU believes they can assemble some 60,000 soldiers from
“member” nations to form the core of a “rapid reaction force,” let
them. When they do that, though, the U.S. should bring our 75,000
After all, the newly created EU force will need somewhere to call
“home.” Withdrawing our forces will provide them with enough bases to