President Donald Trump decided to withdraw 9,500 soldiers from Germany, and his reasons are well-founded, in light of the facts.
Both the European Union (EU) and Germany in particular, the country that leads it, not only takes advantage of the protection offered by the United States but also openly collaborates with countries that undermine US policies.
“Trump is right to withdraw 9,500 U.S. troops from Germany—he should pull out even more” explained former U.S. State Department adviser Christian Whiton in a Fox News article.
This would reduce the 34,500 U.S. service members stationed in Germany, permanently assigned to NATO, to 25,000.
This is not just about money, even though only nine of the 29 partner countries meet their financial contribution to NATO, which is equivalent to 2% of GDP.
But, for example, in view of the global threat posed by Iran’s uranium enrichment, in addition to its terrorist activities, which the United States is trying to avert by imposing serious economic sanctions, these were circumvented by Germany together with France and Great Britain.
The German Foreign Ministry announced in March that it had made its first transaction with Iran under the INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges) scheme, designed to circumvent U.S. sanctions on Iran.
INSTEX was founded in 2019 by Germany, France, and Britain to allow Iran to sell oil abroad and exchange it for other products, according to German media outlet Junge Welt.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives priority to relations with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and influences the EU to avoid concrete measures denouncing the CCP’s violation of Hong Kong’s sovereignty.
The EU also avoided holding the CCP responsible for the way it handled the CCP Virus outbreak, as many countries did, and instead allowed the CCP to censor an article signed by its 27 ambassadors.
In addition, the EU will hold a trade summit with the CCP in Leipzig in September, under pressure from the automotive industry that wants to maintain the market with the CCP.
Germany insists on maintaining its relationship with the telecommunications company Huawei by bringing forward the installation of the 5G internet system, despite serious security warnings issued by the United States.
Germany is also moving ahead with the installation of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, risking security in the face of the threat that the country would represent.
On the trade front, the EU imposes a 10% tariff on U.S. cars, while the tariff charged by the United States on European cars is only 2.5%.
Under these circumstances, the withdrawal of some American soldiers stationed in Germany is more than justified, and, according to Whiton, the United States should rely more on countries such as Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates in its efforts to maintain global freedom.