When the impossible then happened, the Atlantic
community was immediately convinced that, thanks to the forces of the American
system, this completely unsuitable man would soon become presidential. Wrong
yet again. Even Trump’s inauguration speech, as well as the continued tweeting,
showed how unrealistic this was.
At the next stage of reality denial, the
"adults" in the Trump administration were to shift things back onto
their usual tracks. Also wrong. In fact, these supposed adults are in part men
who believe that climate change is an invention and evolution theory is a mere
In fact, the Alanticists desire for a stable anchor of
the Western world obscured the fundamental crisis.
Incidentally, on May 31, 2017, one of the most special
of the adults, National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, published an article
in which he buried the last transatlantic illusions. McMaster explained in the Wall Street Journal that there was no
such thing as the global community, but only nations that through power and
negotiation pursue their respective interests. Since then it is clear that
Trump merely embodies the irrational side of a strategy that diametrically
opposes the interests of Germany and Europe
These days, one really doesn’t know what’s actually
better: Trump impeding a consistently nationalist policy - simply because every
consistent policy contradicts his essence - or when the "grown-ups" take
it away and turn the leader of the Western world into the most egotistical
nation on earth.
Either way, the U.S. can no longer and will no longer be the stabilizer
and protector of Europe; the former guarantor of freedom and democracy is
itself democratically out of control, and one must pray that it will get its
act together at some point.
The Atlantic community is now down to its last hope:
that the Trump phenomenon is a temporary aberration. There’s not much to
support this because Barack Obama had already begun to withdraw from the
conflicts involving Europe’s neighbors. He saddled Merkel with the Ukraine
crisis. In the Middle East, he did as little as possible (which allowed the
Russians to penetrate.) He also left the EU alone with the refugee crisis,
which was a result, not least, of the chaotic U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Even if the United States were to return to reason in
domestic policy, little will change in these foreign policy retreats, simply
is overwhelmed by its role in global leadership. It is not just since Trump
that the wobbly world power has gradually lost control over the Middle East,
more and more over East Asia and Latin America.
This sweeps away the two
pillars of German Atlanticism: The U.S. is, firstly, no longer a guarantee of
democracy; it is just as endangered as any other Western nation. And, secondly,
the U.S. has forfeited any moral, military or political leadership.
Atlanticists refuse to accept this reality. Instead, they take refuge in
argumentative acrobatics. They’re against Germany or Europe liberating
themselves from the U.S. But it’s exactly the other way round: the Europeans
have’nt begun or concluded the separation -- but rather the U.S. has. Father
moved out, childhood is over.
Secondly, Germany’s not in a position to take over the
West’s leadership. Thus we still have to rely on the U.S. strategically. It’s
right that Germany can only lead if leadership is defined in a completely
different, more cooperative, partnership-based way. Apart from that, just
because Germany is too weak for conventional leadership, doesn’t mean that the
U.S. will be more sensible, stronger or altruistic.