Fri Dec 23rd, 2022 at 09:53:55 PM EST
Biden did not confide in Boris the nuclear submarine contract swiped from France in August 2021 was a part of deglobalization policy and a NATO military buildup
American politics is not about consensus
Business man Trump understood quid pro quo
There are true allies and enemy states
Get our troops home, we are not the global police force
Treated Russia as a friend contrary to the Ukraine (supported HRC)
Wise lessons from Covid-19 pandemic: Defense Production Act of 1950
Bring manufacturing home .... MAGA
Old and wise, Joe Biden cherry-picked Trump policy ....
Cutting off chip technology lifelines to foreign competition - ASML
A globally critical chip firm is driving a wedge between the U.S. and Netherlands over China tech policy | CNBC - Dec. 4, 2022 |
Enforced MAGA by boosting subsidies to bring manufacturing back the United States ... make all competitors pay by putting a price tag on trade opportunities with America. Wreck German heavy industry, entice European car makers to invest in the U.S., let a war happen in Ukraine, continue aggravation of the Chinese Communist Party and Xi Jinping.
Pivotal year 2021 with Joe Biden setting a policy of aggression towards all of Europe.
Biden effected the long-term wish of a bi-partisan Congress to "blow-up" or stop Russian gas delivery to Europe.
No Exit Strategy - Dismantling of the European Union | by Oui on Oct 7th, 2021 |
As Slovenia Summit extends invitation to expansion into the Western Balkans, key countries turn their backs on Brussels.
On all levels the EU has come up short to deliver policy ahead of crisis. The woes are added very few months and patience is running out. More nations are putting in a great effort to undermine the union, no need to look at exterior players like Russia and Putin or the United States and Trump/Biden. NATO and Stoltenberg adds fuel to the burning fires of discontent.
For two decades, the EU Commission and its president(s) have not effectively shown leadership for a stronger bond between EU countries. How to get rid of unwilling nations like Austria, Hungary and Poland. Threats just do not work and power of sanctions are quite limited. The Constitutional Court in Warsaw put a stake into the beating heart of Brussels.
🇪🇺 vs. 🇺🇸
When the EU becomes a dysfunctioning entity similar to the United States of America divided into Red and Blue, the beginning of the end has passed a critical point.
Be wise, stop the expansion to please NATO and the US. Will the EU be able to stop the twist between Old and New Europe? I'm far from optimistic.
Russia long term gas deals
The 2 years delay in Nord Stream 2 has cost Russia billions and it was forced to invest in new Siberian pipelines to China. The higher gas price is quite welcome for Russia's Treasury. Putin promised to increase delivery to Europe, however this will not ease the pressure on price as there are too many uncertainties due to winter cold and low storage level in Europe. Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Europe has lost crucial time to energy transition and investment in durable and sustainable solutions.
A War of Choice NATO (US) vs Russia on Ukrainian Battlefield
From the diaries ...
France joins Germany in accusing US of using Ukraine war to overcharge for gas | Balkan Green Energy News - Oct. 12, 2022 |
Senior officials of the EU's two biggest powers, France and Germany, have accused the US of overcharging for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and using the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis to turn a profit and make Europe dependent on its gas.
Before the war in Ukraine, Russia was Europe's biggest natural gas supplier, with a share of 55%, mainly due to lower prices compared to LNG deliveries. However, after the war broke out Europe began to introduce sanctions against Russia, reducing purchases from Gazprom, while the Russian state-owned energy giant responded by decreasing its gas deliveries to EU countries.
The EU was forced to start importing LNG, from the US as well as other countries, but the US' share has increased sharply, from 28% to 45%. On the other hand, deliveries from Russia have dropped by 75%.
The US has been criticized by French Finance Minister Bruno Le Mair and German Economy Minister Robert Habeck.
Le Mair recently told French MPs that the conflict in Ukraine must not result in the US' economic domination and a weakened Europe.
The US should not be allowed to dominate the global energy market as the EU suffers the consequences of the conflict in Ukraine, said Le Mair.
He also said it is unacceptable to let the US export LNG at prices four times higher than those paid by companies in the country. The French minister also called for establishing a more balanced relationship between the US and Europe.
Habeck: even some friendly countries are charging astronomical prices for gas
Habeck accused LNG exporters, including the US, of charging too much for gas at the time when Europe's biggest economy is struggling to balance its energy mix without Russian supplies and when German companies are closing down manufacturing facilities due to high gas costs, according to reports.
Habeck told Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung that some nations, even friendly ones, are in some cases charging "astronomical prices," adding that this situation has created problems that need to be talked about.
9 months late ... see my writings Jan-Feb this year ...
Europe accuses US of profiting from war | Politico - Nov. 24, 2022 |
Dumb, dumber, dumbest ...
Another top official, the EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell, called on Washington to respond to European concerns. "Americans -- our friends -- take decisions which have an economic impact on us," he said in an interview with POLITICO.
The U.S. rejected Europe's complaints. "The rise in gas prices in Europe is caused by Putin's invasion of Ukraine and Putin's energy war against Europe, period," a spokesperson for Biden's National Security Council said. Exports of liquefied natural gas from the U.S. to Europe "increased dramatically and enabled Europe to diversify away from Russia," the NSC spokesperson said.
Not joking are you ‼️ 🤣 😂
For your information Josep ... in capitalism there are no friends, just competitors who need to be destroyed one by one. Consumers of military arms are well liked ... NATO sets the standards .. Made In USA.
Dutch budget 2023 -- 2.5bn arms etc to Ukraine 4bn (estimate) four new submarines to be produced outside the Netherlands
Lithium and Rare Earth Elements
Great timing Joe and Olaf to start a war in Ukraine ... only shale deposits of fossil fuel and an industrial capacity now destroyed. Where is the benefit Joe ... or was it a personal feud with Vlad? Just like Assad, he is still around, so are the Mullahs of Iran.
The EU-27 overly reliant on sources from the "jungle"...
Only two CRMs are sourced from within the EU-27 plus UK.
France - Hafnium 49%
Spain - Strontium 31%
China lists 19 CRMs ... so don't mind antagonizing Xi over human rights provocations Washington DC sourced, Hong Kong and the Taiwan issue.
World Trade Organization as unbiased arbiter
From earlier writings ...
Is DailyKos a rightwing website? | by Jerome a Paris on Oct 28th, 2006 |
Whenever I write about possible policy options that would be (partial) solutions to our looming crisis, there is always a noisy proportion of kossacks that complains that my proposal would unfairly hurt them, and that I don't understand about the USA, how big it is, or how necessary a car is for their job, or their shopping, or how wind would spoil their view, etc, ad nauseam.
Whenever I write about unions, government regulations, workers's rights, I get similarly hammered for not understanding economics (or blasted away with arguments about French unemployment, or various looming European crises like population, pensions, ...). I am permanently amazed by the lack of attention on the websites for issues like poverty, inequality, workers' rights, and by the hostile comments on my diaries on such topics (if they even manage to get noticed) which sound just like anything you'd hear from rightwing commenters in Europe.
Is dKos rightwing?