In what has been cropping up as a pretty consistent narrative from Europeans since President Obama announced that U.S. forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan, Enrique Arias Vega of Spain’s El Semanal writes that after all that America has done for Europe, Europe must step up and fill the security void the U.S. is about to create – or cede the ground to Beijing.
For El Semanal, Enrique Arias Vega writes in part:
Now is the Europe’s chance to demonstrate its supposed military and diplomatic stature in a world in which China hopes to fill the vacuum left by the United States.
For a century, the Americans have dedicated themselves to resolving problems of others across the globe, particularly on the old continent, which they rescued from two world wars and the thorny conflict in the Balkans.
The disproportionate price of U.S. military efforts has resulted in a lower level of social welfare than citizens of a country with the greatest GDP in the world deserve and condescending criticism from Europeans, who have lived splendidly thanks to America’s sacrifice.
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