Liberal pundits scoff and accuse conservatives of hysterical exaggeration when a Limbaugh or a Levin says that Democrats love our European allies more than they love America itself, but there’s never been greater proof of this dichotomy than a new op-ed in The New York Times. In the piece, authored by two former advisers to the Obama administration, the Democrats are so upset about President Trump’s decision to yank us out of the Iran nuclear agreement that they actually encourage Europe to KICK U.S. DIPLOMATS OUT OF THEIR COUNTRIES. Like, we knew the #Resistance was deranged and we knew the left was outraged about the fall of Obama’s misbegotten legacy, but this brings the insanity to a whole new level.
On Friday, Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson (both former members of Obama’s National Security Council) wrote in The New York Times that “Europe doesn’t have to be Trump’s doormat.” In the piece, Simon and Stevenson actively encourage our European allies to break away from Trump when it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, despite the fact that Trump has warned these countries not to violate newly-reinforced sanctions on Iranian businesses. As far as these two Obama goons are concerned, Europe should not only defy the U.S. when it comes to those sanctions, they should go a step further and punish America for walking away from the deal.
“Notwithstanding an abundance of kvetching, European powers have not yet shown Mr. Trump that he has anything to fear from ignoring their wishes,” they wrote. “Since taking office, Mr. Trump has treated Europe like a doormat, questioning the value of NATO, ridiculing the mission of the European Union and dismissing European exhortations on policy matters.”
To prove to Trump that they’re tough, the Obama lackeys write, European countries should withdraw their diplomats from Washington immediately.
“Isn’t this what states do when diplomatic partners breach solemn agreements, expose them to security risks and threaten to wreak havoc on their economies?” they write. “That is, after all, what the administration is threatening to do by courting the risk of a Middle Eastern war and applying secondary sanctions to European companies. Depending on the American response, European capitals might even follow up with expulsion of American ambassadors.”
We won’t pretend that conservative pundits and Bush administration officials didn’t hammer the Obama presidency pretty hard for eight years. After all, Obama’s policies threatened to send us down a spiral of economic and security nightmares that the U.S. might never have recovered from. But we certainly don’t remember ANY of them asking our allies to refute Obama’s policies to the point where we sever normalized relations. This is not normal political punditry; this is one step shy of treason. These authors should be ashamed of penning this crap and The New York Times should be ashamed of themselves for publishing it.
Sadly, we doubt either entity feels any shame at all.
Oh, and Europe? You don’t want to go there.