Where’s the grat­i­tude, Ger­many?

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

German Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel is an em­bar­rass­ment to the world. Her state­ment that the United States is no longer a re­li­able part­ner is a demon­stra­tion of both ar­ro­gance and ig­no­rance, and just hap­pened to co­in­cide with the Amer­i­can cel­e­bra­tion of Memo­rial Day, the re­mem­brance of our fallen sol­diers. For the record, Ms. Merkel, the United States ex­pe­ri­enced over 900,000 ca­su­al­ties de­feat­ing your coun­try, Ger­many, in World Wars I and II. Your grat­i­tude for our suc­cess­ful ef­forts to lib­er­ate Europe from Ger­many twice in the past 100 years is sadly lack­ing.

Has Ger­many ever been a re­li­able part­ner with the United States? The an­swer is no. Its troops even fought against Amer­ica in our Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War to gain our free­dom from Eng­land. And today it is try­ing to get a free ride on the backs of Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers be­cause it does not pay the re­quired two per­cent of GDP to help fi­nance NATO.

LARRY MANROSS Scotts­dale, Ariz.

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