SO IT WASN’T JUST THE STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT THAT ENABLED THIS BUT ALSO THE PERSONALITIES SEEMED TO BE RIGHT

The United States has been in favor of a more autonomous Europe ever since the end of WWII. But it’s possible that there have been a few mixed messages throughout the years. A BETTER PEACE welcomes Robert Gleckler and Joel Hillison to the studio to examine just what it is the U.S. means when it speaks of EU strategic autonomy, how that message has evolved and how the European governments have responded to the ongoing conversation. WAR ROOM Managing Editor Buck Haberichter joins the guests in their discussion.

Robert Gleckler is a Colonel in the U.S. Army, a recent graduate of the U.S. Army War College and an instructor at the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University. Joel Hillison is Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College. Buck Haberichter is the Managing Editor of the WAR ROOM. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.

Photo Description: An International Medal Parade for 222 EUFOR soldiers, sailors, and airmen from 12 countries was held at Camp Butmir on Tuesday 28 January 2020. COMEUFOR, Major General Reinhard Trischak, presided over the event, which was also attended by the Ambassadors of Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Slovakia and the Deputy Ambassador of Hungary.

Photo Credit: G.Payer; EUFOR

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  • Richard R. Allen

    Since the European voting public wishes to avoid a war and wishes to avoid spending to prevent a war, their governments will seek to position themselves so that they can remain neutral. The Europeans don’t want to pay for the armed forces to deter Russian aggression against East European nations. Europeans don’t want to pay for a navy to stop Iran harming oil tankers bringing oil to Europe. Europeans don’t want to pay for the armed forces which could help America deter the People’s Republic of China.

    Europeans don’t want to rely on American weapons because we could refuse to sell weapons and spare parts to them.

    When the Europeans plan to build their own weapons this frees them up to remain neutral and to refuse to support America against the People’s Republic of China. They will have the weapons systems to protect themselves from less serious threats. They assume a bigger threat from Russia would never hurt them. Some may think that rather than fight the Russians, they will surrender.

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