Germany, Germany Über Alles: A Nationalist and Isolationist Merkel?

Merkel and Soros

In June 2011, President Barack Obama’s Defense Secretary Robert Gates, addressing the Security and Defense Agenda, a Brussels policy center, bluntly criticized NATO nations, for what he insisted was their failure to fulfill their commitments to increase defense spending and participate in the military alliance’s activities. He warned of “a dim if not dismal future” unless more member nations reverse course and ASAP.

And Secretary Gates, one of the few remaining Wise Men in Washington and a proud member of its bipartisan foreign policy establishment, sounded ominous as he issued a warning: Endless wars and rising budget deficits could force the United States, the political leader and the financial backer of the alliance, to question its support for NATO.