Clearly, history has returned to Europe. And with the return of history has also come the return of geopolitics and the need for traditional military force. If France and Germany want to build their combined military force to balance against the Americans, let them. If Berlin and Paris want to try to make nice with Moscow, let them try that, too.
“It’s time to face the fact that the United States has become the battleground for a ridiculous proxy war between two cousins, Ukraine and Russia. It’s no different than how the United States was the victim of an internal blood feud within Islam on September 11, 2001.”
“America’s allies must do what they can, when they can, against whomever they perceive as a threat. The United States will always have their backs; we will gladly provide intelligence and logistical support to these states.”
The best path forward, therefore, is diplomacy, stronger trade relations, and a hardened military defense of Eastern “Europe that placed indigenous militaries at the forefront and kept American forces over-the-horizon.”
The return of classic geopolitics as the dominant theme in International relations (as opposed to Wilsonian Internationalism) means that old patterns of German, Russian, and French statecraft are in play yet again…all of which threaten not only American power but also, more directly, Poland.
The world is increasingly multipolar and American economic and military capabilities are increasingly constrained. Europe must stand up on its own, if it is to survive radical Islamist terror and Russian revanchism.
It’s time that America take a backseat in European geopolitics. We’ve got bigger fish to fry. By stepping back and encouraging states like Poland to build their own nuclear arsenals and ABM systems, America can trust that our friends will be protected–without having the American taxpayers shoulder the brunt of the burden.
Brandon J. Weichert writes, “Zapad-17 is yet another routine Russian military exercise. This is nothing new.”
On 25 September 2017, Brandon J. Weichert will address the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. over whether or not European countries, such as Germany and Poland, should develop nuclear arms.
The Polish American Congress has invited me to join a panel of 17 Congressional members on 26 September 2017 to speak on the state of European geopolitics.