Wednesday, July 03, 2019

An excellent choice

If you want to see the rapid dismantling of the European Union, the selection of the "minister of the lack of defense" as the President of the European Commission is an almost ideal choice:
Germany's Ursula von der Leyen is slated to lead the EU's executive for five years. A model centrist liberal politician with a dubious record of overseeing Germany's troubled military, she's facing rough waters to navigate.

The long-serving German defense chief has all of a sudden come to the forefront as a future head of the European Union's executive branch. That might be a little unexpected, as she was not even on the list of potential candidates until recently. Yet, after marathon debates the European leaders agreed that she would be the best fit for the position previously held by Jean-Claude Juncker.

Von der Leyen is a political veteran and the only person to have held a ministerial position in all four successive governments of Chancellor Angela Merkel since the German leader first came to power back in 2005.

Minister of lack of defense

Yet, her ministerial record is far from flawless. Over the past six years, during which von der Leyen headed the Defense Ministry, Germany's armed forces, the Bundeswehr, have become a steady source of news about planes that can't fly, tanks that break down, and vessels that are unfit for maritime operations....

Despite the mounting problems within her domain, von der Leyen has consistently supported the idea of an increased German military presence in foreign nations, sending German troops for peacekeeping missions to countries like Somalia, South Sudan and Mali. In 2016, Germany toed the line to join the US-led coalition fighting in Syria and Iraq. In March 2018, she told the German forces stationed in Afghanistan that her ministry does not plan to bring them home anytime soon – just after Berlin decided to ramp up the troop numbers in the war-torn country.

During her tenure as labor minister, von der Leyen lobbied for lower barriers to immigration, arguing that Germany needs a larger workforce. Two years later, at the height of the refugee crisis, she lashed out at the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for his restrictive asylum policies by saying that his actions were "not acceptable" and violated "the European rules."

She is also a strong proponent of deep European integration. In 2011, she said she would like to see the emergence of a "United States of Europe" built on the example of Germany or the US, which are both federal states.
She's incompetent, imperious, and completely out of touch with the average European. Which suggests that by the end of her term, Italy, Hungary, and at least two other countries will either be out of the EU or in the process of leaving. You know von der Leyen is going to be exceptionally good for the nationalists of Europe when even a strongly pro-EU German newspaper like Bild describes the selection of a German politician to lead the EU as 'horrifically short-sighted'.

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Blogger Harambe July 03, 2019 8:21 AM  

Which generation of warfare is it where you put an incompetent in charge of the military and all the equipment breaks? Cause there is asymmetrical 4GW tactics, but one person doing this amount of damage to an entire military is on a whole new level.

Blogger Avraham July 03, 2019 8:27 AM  

She is in favor of same sex marriage and harsher sanctions on Russia. She wants to expand NATO into the Balic States

Blogger Gregory the Tall July 03, 2019 8:30 AM  

First she brought gender equality and childcare facilities to German army barracks whilst the equipment was decaying, now she will try and abolish the German army to replace it with an EU one.

Blogger Dr Caveman July 03, 2019 8:33 AM  

"Dozens of assault rifles and pistols, as well as tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition, have simply been stolen from the Bundeswehr on von der Leyen's watch"
One can only hope that these are now in possession of a right wing militia..

Blogger Harambe July 03, 2019 8:37 AM  

Dr Caveman wrote:"Dozens of assault rifles and pistols, as well as tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition, have simply been stolen from the Bundeswehr on von der Leyen's watch"

One can only hope that these are now in possession of a right wing militia..

Well guys named Mohamed and Farouz, etc are all technically "right-wing". They're just from a different bird than Germans, unfortunately.

Blogger D E K July 03, 2019 8:41 AM  

Vox made my day. I just saw it as another incompetent person being promoted to get rid off. Now I see the light! If she is just 50% as incompetent and pretentious as minister of defence, than Vox is 100% on the spot. Btw, there are a lot more incompetent aparatchicks where she is coming from... plus any German is still a very likeable nationality throughout Europe...good riddance EU

Blogger Amy July 03, 2019 8:41 AM  

Is this best filed under “Faster, Please” or “Women Rooooonnn Everything”?

We will always do what is best for us. That is a good quality, in its proper context. Given free reign, it’s disastrous.

Blogger David Ray Milton July 03, 2019 8:42 AM  

Everyone should be nervous when a German says they want to increase their military presence.

But seriously, a woman as secretary of defense. Logical contradictions for 1000 please Alex.

Blogger D E K July 03, 2019 8:43 AM  

Addendum: has someone any insights why Salvini let this female german leftist captain Rackete to go free? The good Germans hoped she will be left in a italian prison for 10+ years.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 03, 2019 8:47 AM  

I'm sure it works for her, the military goofs being easy pickings for a smooth political operator. Any time spent on a mil-blog reveals all the tough talkers mainly focus on hardware and if an operator like her comes along she will throw a bone or two of gear to goofs like them while she and her crew loot the rest of the money.

Russians are some lucky bastards, paid up scum like her and the neocons threatening them which focuses the mission and if the Western Clown Crew would actually start a war with Russian the Clown's army is basically Barbie and her diversity buddies in camo.

Blogger tuberman July 03, 2019 8:52 AM  

Yep, Narrative Boot-Licking is always more important than competence to these people. So it goes... or their way to rush to the bottom.

First clue, a "progressive" woman, or any female for that matter in charge of Military. Wow.Just.Wow!

Blogger JG July 03, 2019 8:57 AM  

The Europeans, who spent the last 2000 years warring among themselves and with the Asians and North Africans, fought two world wars, and now are going to sing kumbaya and form the EU-nited States of Europe.

And a woman will lead the EU-nited States of Europe into the future at the same time letting invaders from the third world walk right in and leech off the taxpaying citizens of this brave new world.


Blogger cheddarman July 03, 2019 9:01 AM  

Germany with a shity army is not very German.

Blogger VFM #7634 July 03, 2019 9:11 AM  

Today, not only would the South win a second Civil War, but September 1939 would have the exact opposite result.

Blogger Shadowfax July 03, 2019 9:15 AM  

D E K wrote:Addendum: has someone any insights why Salvini let this female german leftist captain Rackete to go free? The good Germans hoped she will be left in a italian prison for 10+ years.

Salvini didn't, a female judge did, and Salvini's furious with her.

Blogger Jay In NYC July 03, 2019 9:18 AM  

Dumb bitch.

Blogger VFM Bear July 03, 2019 9:40 AM  

When you can harness the power of "women ruin everything" to accomplish your goals.

I wonder if there was any black-knighting involved in her selection.

Blogger Ransom Smith July 03, 2019 9:43 AM  

It's kind of strange, because she has seven children.
Definitely in sharp contrast to most in her position.

Blogger Gregory the Tall July 03, 2019 9:48 AM  

You are old and stupid and had your scandals, so you can go to Brussels. Another example: the majority of the Polish members of the EU parliament do not speak English. Need I add that that the other members of parliament do not speak Polish?

Blogger sammibandit July 03, 2019 9:58 AM  

Oh God, no one likes her.

Blogger SciVo July 03, 2019 10:04 AM  

A cursory review of her bio reveals a complete moron. She is the epitome of a Fake Elite, as her doctoral thesis allegedly managed to combine extensive plagiarism with citations that did not say what she said they did. A damning combo.

And despite having seven kids, and having been a housewife and SAHM, she apparently learned nothing from the experience, being now in favor of gov't creches and gay adoption. So even in the one field where she has had some personal achievement -- childrearing -- she knows nothing.

Blogger Oswald July 03, 2019 10:08 AM  

The same people that believe an effective union can be maintained by people speaking 17 languages are the same people that think America will be stronger by having 17 different languages spoken here. Not likely.

Consequently, the EU was likely to fail regardless of personnel at the top. No a better EU would be just five or six countries. Germany, France, Britain, Italy, and Spain for instance.

Blogger D Zniger July 03, 2019 10:09 AM  

@19 In Germany less, but in countries like Poland where the representative politician earns worlds more in the EU than in his
home country, it is a form of buyout. A whole lot of good men becomes more content when they have moved to Brussel.

Blogger Steb July 03, 2019 10:15 AM  

That Hideous Strength manoeuvres another of its pawns into position. Incompetents make far better puppets, because they know that they are completely reliant on the strings to hold them up.

Blogger Damelon Brinn July 03, 2019 10:29 AM  

a woman as secretary of defense.

There's a meme that compares the defense secretaries of several EU nations with the men in that role for Russia and Poland. The first picture looks like the snacks committee for a PTA group.

Another article that reminds me of Atlas Shrugged. That happens a lot lately.

Blogger CarpeOro July 03, 2019 10:32 AM  

What a blessing the enslaved nations of the EU have been given. The old saw about generals comes to mind:

There are four types of generals, three of which you can deal with
1) Active and competent - will get things done right quickly
2) lazy and competent - will get some things done right, just not timely
3) lazy and incompetent - would screw things up, just doesn't care enough to exert the effort
4) active and incompetent - will rush to screw things up and guaranteed to cause ruin

She seems to be number 4. Bad times for EU, good times for Europe.

Blogger sammibandit July 03, 2019 10:36 AM  

Okay, I asked my dad since I was confused and we talk about the EU often enough. He said "you want someone competent making decisions there?" Nope!

Blogger English Tom July 03, 2019 10:40 AM  

@Gregory the Great

It is not strictly true they are abolishing national armies. What they are doing is streamlining the Command and Control aspects of all EU national militaries, so that these command elements are subservient to EU orders rather than their national structures.

On YouTube UKColumn news has been covering this extensively. I wonder if they will change the oath of allegiance one has to take when s/he signs up for the queens shilling?

Blogger Tobias July 03, 2019 11:02 AM  

She has seven children, and, as I´ve learned from a somewhat reliable source, all of them hate her.

Blogger binks webelf July 03, 2019 11:10 AM  

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Blogger Jonathon Davies July 03, 2019 11:15 AM  

She also plagiarized her doctoral thesis, but was cleared on the grounds that it was "accidental."

I don't know what is worse, doing it deliberately or being too stupid to realise you did it.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd July 03, 2019 11:22 AM  

Junker was drunker, but Ursula is worse-ula.

Blogger Gregory the Tall July 03, 2019 11:39 AM  

Who would not hate a mother who when asked how she managed to combine looking after a large family and her work as a minister said: "It all comes down to good organisation."

Blogger Richard Martel July 03, 2019 11:59 AM  

Are they her biological children or adopted Somalis and Eritreans?

Blogger ChicagoFire July 03, 2019 12:00 PM  

When I worked in the food industry I had a white liberal CNN brainwashed worker that was pro EU, NATO, etc. If I had to venture a guess she was that way because CNN said these big government entities were necessary. Throw in her disdain for Trump and white people and I think my rationale isn't too far off the mark. You should have heard how hard she laughed when I explained to her what polar bear hunting is (punching white people in the head). If the media ever reported white nationalists punching minorities in the head she would be on it like salt on a pretzel. As per original post: "A model centrist liberal politician"

It's nice to read this article and the subsequent comments. Is the EU and other government busy bodies necessary? (Me thinks no). I like to ask people when was the last time Junker flew over to your house and mowed your lawn. Thanks for your nanny state liberals, most of us that even lean slightly to the right want to be left alone.

Off topic since I'm on a roll:
Surprised Vox didn't cover Ali's tweet about Kamala's dubious "black" background. We already had the media lie about Obama (for those of us who ignore the news Obama is mixed NOT 100% black), I just don't think we should have them fool us again about Kamala. Proposed transparency: All future candidates the media heralds must submit a DNA test. Some of us aren't stupid enough to believe your far fetched claims.

Blogger Brett baker July 03, 2019 12:25 PM  

Probably a clerical error.

Blogger Jim the Curmudgeon July 03, 2019 1:00 PM  

She's perfect. She's an airhead who knows nothing of modern warfare, of history, of combat, etc etc. She is, however, a perfect EU apparatchik who will take marching orders.

The idea that Germany's military should be focused on intervening in other countries is madness, when there is clearly a massive demographic takeover happening within Germany itself. Arab clans now dominate crime in German cities, laughing at the police and daring the Germans to confront them. That's a military issue, not a criminal one. It's the rise of a parallel society within Germany's borders, inaccessible to normal law enforcement and engaged in inter-state smuggling of weapons and drugs. The Arabs, Turks and others are a major source of manpower that is far less cowed and feminized than the indigenous German male.

Blogger Sam Drucker July 03, 2019 2:07 PM  

I'm sure she's good at taking orders. That's all those figureheads do.

Blogger Sheila4g July 03, 2019 3:13 PM  

Tangentially related: The writer Peter Nealen (former Recon Marine, recipient of one of Larry Correia's "book bombs) has just published his second volume on WWIII/European Civil War/whatever you want to call TEOTWAKI) and I really recommend it. Nealen is a Christian (main character in this series is a recent catholic convert) and his strategy and tactics and martial writing rings true (granted I'm not in a real position to judge but certainly in comparison with a lot of other stuff I've read). Nealen has done several series - one modern urban magic, one in Iraq, one about a mercenary military group of former US soldiers, etc.

I'd be very interested in hearing any other readers' take on how Nealen sees the future playing out (I believe it's supposed to be 10-20 years from now) - particularly Vox. I don't agree with all his suppositions but it's been fascinating reading for me. Vol 1 of series Maelstrom Rising is "Escalation" (primarily in Slovakia) and book 2 is "Holding Action" (in Poland). He has US forces (much degraded) and US mercenaries (former US military who left due to the poz) versus an EU army which uses lots of rapefugee soldiers against the local populace.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart July 03, 2019 3:26 PM  

The German soldiers celebrate this choice. It means they might get somebody who actually used to be one of them as new boss. She was dreadful. All the German soldiers hated her. (I mean the actual soldiers, not the "diversity soldiers why should it make any difference anyway??")

Blogger Tobias July 03, 2019 9:29 PM  

Richard Martel wrote:Are they her biological children or adopted Somalis and Eritreans?

They are her biological children. And they all hate her. Think about how despicable that makes her. She is actively betraying her own posterity.

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