The menace of Macron’s mis­guided Euro­pean army idea

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - BY TODD WOOD

My first re­ac­tion when French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron said this week that the Euro­pean Union needed its own army to de­fend against po­ten­tial ad­ver­saries — in­clud­ing the United States — was to sug­gest he go to Nor­mandy and ask the 9,000 dead Amer­i­cans there who saved France, for the sec­ond time, what they thought about the idea. But, I’m sure he won’t do that.

Here we have a sit­u­a­tion where most Euro­pean pow­ers have not spent what they should on their own de­fense, pre­fer­ring to rely on Amer­i­can power and the U.S. nu­clear um­brella. Ger­many, one of the most pro­duc­tive economies in the world, can barely fly a hand­ful of its own fighter jets, spend­ing a pal­try 1.2 per­cent of GDP on its mil­i­tary. France is a lit­tle bet­ter, spend­ing 1.8 per­cent on de­fense.

Yet now the leader of one of the great Western pow­ers, who can’t even de­fend his own coun­try prop­erly, is call­ing for ex­po­nen­tially more spend­ing on a new Euro­pean army. Is Mr. Macron go­ing to sac­ri­fice the vaunted French wel­fare state and its lux­u­ri­ously short work week to fund his dream?

It makes one won­der what Mr. Macron’s real agenda is. Is it re­ally the na­tional se­cu­rity of the French repub­lic? Or, more omi­nously, is it some neb­u­lous, glob­al­ist dream to fur­ther drain the na­tion­al­ist blood from French cit­i­zens?

I think it is the lat­ter.

The gov­ern­ments of France, Ger­many, Swe­den and oth­ers ob­vi­ously don’t re­ally care about the well-be­ing and se­cu­rity of their own peo­ples. If that had been the true pri­or­ity for these glob­al­ist politi­cians, then they would not have ad­mit­ted mil­lions of eco­nomic mi­grants from North Africa and the Mid­dle East to un­der­mine the cul­ture and safety of Western Europe.

The “Euro­pean Army” is sim­ply an­other ve­hi­cle to take sovereignty away from the peo­ple and give it to the bu­reau­crats in Brus­sels. What is a coun­try if it has del­e­gated the abil­ity to de­fend it­self to some­one else? Ob­vi­ously these na­tions can’t sup­port two mil­i­taries. So, the Euro­pean Army will have to be drawn from ex­ist­ing forces.

I know one thing for sure: If I were a cit­i­zen of Italy or Greece, say, I sure wouldn’t want to de­pend on Brus­sels to pro­tect my borders and pre­vent in­va­sions of mi­grants or any­one else.

Think of the cost Mr. Macron’s dream would re­quire. An all-new, shiny head­quar­ters and a new com­mand struc­ture will be needed. The Euro­pean ad­min­is­tra­tive “deep state” would gorge on a feast of tax­payer dol­lars.

There are more sin­is­ter con­se­quences. What if pesky Greece, Italy or some other un­ap­pre­cia­tive EU mem­ber de­cides it does not want to fol­low the dic­tates of Brus­sels? Cur­rently, the only thing that the EU can do is threaten le­gal ac­tion, im­pose fines or with­hold grant money.

But, oh, what if Brus­sels had an army? Those ir­ri­tat­ing “pe­riph­ery” coun­tries might want to rethink their op­po­si­tion.

And what if Poland, Hun­gary or the Czech Repub­lic es­ca­lated its re­sis­tance to Brus­sels when it comes to ad­mit­ting mi­grants on their ter­ri­tory, fear­ing it will de­stroy their cul­ture and se­cu­rity? Why, send in the army and make them be­have!

The Euro­pean Union is a glob­al­ist dream, one that very nearly came to the United States un­der Pres­i­dent Obama. The last thing the sov­er­eign coun­tries of the EU need is to be threat­ened with the leviathan of an armed force con­trolled by Brus­sels and not by their own, demo­crat­i­cally elected lead­ers.

If Europe is go­ing to sur­vive, it needs a whole lot more na­tion­al­ism and a whole lot less glob­al­ism. Europe should kill Mr. Macron’s army idea be­fore the lib­er­als get too ex­cited about the pos­si­bil­i­ties. ●

L. Todd Wood is a for­mer spe­cial op­er­a­tions he­li­copter pilot and Wall Street debt trader, and has con­trib­uted to Fox Busi­ness, The Moscow Times, Na­tional Re­view, The New York Post and many other pub­li­ca­tions. He can be reached at LTod­

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