Since Trump’s election(?) America has morphed into “Murica,” a colony of Bizarro World. A world where adversaries become buds (Case in point: Putin the “puppet master” and Trump, the “puppet.) and our allies become our adversaries. (Case in point: Germany.)
For some reason, Trump has a bone to pick with Germany. Not sure why. Maybe he’s p.o.’d because BMW told him he wasn’t rich enough to qualify for an invitation to buy a 30 JAHRE M3.
To show his displeasure, Trump looked for the very best candidate for our Ambassador to Germany. And then sent the exact opposite!
Meet Ambassador Richard Grenell.
Richard is a rare anomaly. He’s a gay Republican.
Let me be a bit more accurate. He’s a gay Regressive with a political agenda slightly to the right of Attila the Hun. He also possesses the ability to piss people off from the get-go!
One of his first actions as ambassador was to demand that German companies drop their business relationships with Iran, because the US had backed out of the nuclear agreement.
German companies doing business in Iran should wind down operations immediately!
Needless to say, that went over like a re-shaped Tootsie-Roll in a Lutheran picnic punch bowl.
During his confirmation, Richard had promised to keep his political opinions to himself and not use his position to advance them. As he put it:
I understood that when you’re speaking as a U.S. official, it’s not your opinion that you’re pushing, but it is a well thought-out policy.
In this case “well-thought out policy” consisted of pandering to Trump’s “Bubba Tudum” base and Trump’s hatred for anything that Obama accomplished.
In his latest example of “open mouth, insert foot” he revealed his true agenda as Ambassador:
I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders. I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left,.
There’s no question about that and it’s an exciting time for me. I look across the landscape and we’ve got a lot of work to do but I think the election of Donald Trump has empowered individuals and people to say that they can’t just allow the political class to determine before an election takes place, who’s going to win and who should run.
The reaction in Germany was swift. As one German lawmaker, Andreas Nick expressed it,
If you translate ‘awakening’ and ’empowering’ in this context, very ugly German language comes up, which resonates with the 1920s and 1930s.” he said, adding that Grenell would “be well advised” to learn more about German history “and the sensitivities that result from that. If he is not here to be a traditional ambassador but a PR person for the alternative-right movement in Europe, we will have an issue.
Naturally, all of this raised a few questions back here in Murica. At a State Department briefing, spokesperson (and former Bullshit Mtn airhead) Heather Nauert was asked about our relationship with Germany following the tariffs and this and other Ambassadorial comments.
Her response was hilarious (unless you take diplomacy seriously).
Looking back in the history books, today is the 71st anniversary of the speech that announced the Marshall Plan. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the D-Day invasion. We obviously have a very long history with the government of Germany, and we have a strong relationship with the government of Germany
EARTH TO IDIOT: During D-Day and the invasion of Normandy, we killed over 80,000 Germans. So the only “strong” part of the relationship, was a “strong” desire to get rid of as many Germans as we could!
Maybe that’s what she meant. Who knows? Although probably it was just because Trump wasn’t the only person to sleep through his history classes.
This may pass muster on Bullshit Mtn, but it don’t cut the cake at the state department.
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