Gates: Anti-war sentiment in Europe is threat to peace.
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Good for Gates for calling a spade a spade. Most of the continental European countries spend only a token amount of their GDPs on their military and use the savings to fund their socialist governments’ giveaway programs. They figure, and almost certainly rightly so, that our US taxpayer funded military will come to their rescue if they are attacked, just as we did in WWII. And after that, we’ll clean up their mess and get the freeloaders back up on their feet again with a modern-day version of the Marshall Plan.
“Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have none, or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.
“Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people, under an efficient government, the period is not far off, when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality, we may at any time resolve upon, to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.
“Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice?”
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