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Calls to Expel US Ambassador to Germany After Trump Appointee Pledges to 'Empower' Far Right Across Europe


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Calls to Expel US Ambassador to Germany After Trump Appointee Pledges to 'Empower' Far Right Across Europe

Julia Conley, staff writer

President Donald Trump's newly-appointed U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, has angered officials there by signaling that he aims to act as a spokesperson for right-wing policies promoted by Trump and other European leaders—prompting some to call for his expulsion from Germany less than a month into his new role.


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Expel him into outer space.

He’s no use to us.


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Maybe Germany can name someone from Die Linke to be the ambassador to the US, who will then work hard to help get democratic socialists and other leftists elected here. Let’s see how the establishment here likes that. I know it won’t happen, but it’d be fun to watch the right wing’s head explode, while somehow justifying the US ambassador supporting fascist elements in Europe.


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And it’s another day down the Rabbit Hole.


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In case the Trumpsters forgot, Germany and America fought a war over fascist conservatism.


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"Grenell referred to Kurz as a “rock star” in the interview, and explained, “I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders. I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left”

On this, I fear that he is correct. The way the EMU is structured, when countries run into financial troubles, they essentially have to privatize the state for pennies on the dollar and have to commit to austerity, which many countries in the EMU have done. There is no way, unlike the US system, to distribute surpluses from one country to another. We do that with states like California, who pay more in taxes than it gets in aid from the federal government. That surplus is transferred, at least in part, to places like Mississippi. A large portion of Mississippi’s economy is federal aid. Nothing like that exists in Germany, so its surpluses necessarily come at the expense of countries like Greece and Spain. So, leftists parties are elected there, and their platforms are impossible with the way the EU is currently structured. The fascists are now coming along, identify the status quo in Europe as “the left”, even though the policies are far right wing, and they are offering to throw a wrench into the system.

In the US, it is different. The opposition to the right wing here is the Democratic Party, which offers no real alternative and supports the same rough economic model globally that the far right does. The “centrist” bullshit that those running the party still support has created a context where someone like Trump can emerge from, and the only thing to change that context is radically different parties. Well, they can’t put in place radically different and progressive policies because their donors control them and those policies would undermine their power. So, the “left” in our system is the fucking Democratic Party, and it has clearly failed working people, the poor and communities of color. That results in massively low turnout, a huge gap between popular opinion and government policy and creates a context where a monster like Trump can emerge from. And since they offer no real alternative, if they get power, they will support a range of policies that continue to make things worse, which means the context that created Trump will remain. The next Trump won’t be so incompetent, but those running the DNC and organizations like the DCCC will be. Not a good situation.


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Amateur hour in the U.S. government. Unfortunately they are both stupid and dangerous for both the U.S. and the world. I’m sure Trump’s fans in the U.S. are hee-hawing over sending a truly backwards, ignorant and foolish person to represent the country. Next - Joe Arpaio as ambassador to Mexico.


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And America won fascist conservatism.


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This is yet another example of Trump (intentionally?) appointing the worst possible person to absolutely the wrong position. Of all places to encourage right-wing ideas, Germany is a bad
choice, considering the lessons of history.


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Good link! At some point, I believe humanity will require a much stronger U.N. (minus the Security Council). A One World democratic governing body respecting, and mediating disputes between, member states is not necessarily a bad idea. In fact, it may be the only way to address the existential threats of Climate Change, War and Inequality.


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Richard Grenfell, President Donald Trump’s newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Germany, has vowed to strengthen conservative forces in Europe, prompting German politicians to call for his expulsion from the country. (Photo: Tristar Media/Getty Images)

Americans should know this has been US/CIA since 1943 when Operation Gladio was drafted and eventually run out of the CIA by Allen Dulles. This was the operation which insured that the right wing would hold power in nations over which the US/CIA had influence and control at the end of WWII – Japan, Germany, Italy, France. In fact, the US actually resurrected the Mafia in Italy in order to ensure that the operation would be carried out efficiently in Italy.

We are well beyond those nations now having been controlled for 75 years now by US operations which kept the right wing in place – and of course in the US as the hack-able computers and the large computers used by MSM were introduced here in 1965/1967.

They immediately began delivering very odd and unbelievable right wing wins.

We also saw what the large computers used by MSM could do in 2000 –
where “winners and losers” are called based on 1% or even 0% of the vote estimate.


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These certainly aren’t “amateurs” pulling this off – and all of the rest of it.

Koch Bros. Family/John Birch Society have been trying to overturn democracy in
the US for more than 100 years.


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We need to demand that the Vatican be denied voting rights – and likely reverse
the decision to even recognize them as a “sovereign nation.”

The Vatican is an all male society which is via the UN and many national governments
dictating policies which do harm to women and to reproductive freedom – birth control
and abortion and gynecological services for women, including poor women.

This is a MALE-SUPREMACIST religion which refuses to acknowledge the full personhood
of females as it acknowledges the full personhood of males. This is a bias which negatively
effects women and families all over the world, whether or not they are affiliated with the RCC.


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I would agree that “they” are not amateurs in taking over power however I think the international community would look at their actions with regard to international affairs as “amateurish.” They seem to have no diplomatic skills - just bullying - which does not gain allies unless it is out of fear and that it not necessarily the way to gain lasting commitments and relations.


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reader –

Yes – dictators coming into power will have their goons and sometimes their arrogance will cause them to reveal their intentions prematurely (if we are lucky) — and egomaniacs like Trump will be backed even for their recklessness … but those behind the scenes running the show aren’t amateurs. And their agenda is backed by great violence and a very well supplied toolbox of means and methods – and propaganda skills.

Our State Department seems to have no “diplomatic skills – just bullying” – they no longer consider diplomacy as a solution. And Trump behaves the same way. These are the actions of dictators-to-be who understand that they have unseen secret support and power often based in violence and wealth.

This is from my original post which you responded to –

Americans should know this has been US/CIA since 1943 when Operation Gladio was drafted and eventually run out of the CIA by Allen Dulles. This was the operation which insured that the right wing would hold power in nations over which the US/CIA had influence and control at the end of WWII – Japan, Germany, Italy, France. In fact, the US actually resurrected the Mafia in Italy in order to ensure that the operation would be carried out efficiently in Italy.

We are well beyond those nations now having been controlled for 75 years now by US operations which kept the right wing in place – and of course in the US as the hack-able computers and the large computers used by MSM were introduced here in 1965/1967.

CIA Operations Mockingbird, Paperclip and Gladio were drafted in 1943 (as higher ups in Hitler’s military were visiting our Pentagon and making deals) – and were carried out by the CIA under Allen Dulles.
We are aware, I think, of about 100 or so CIA operations – perhaps more. But there may have been many hundreds – there may have been thousands.

The root of this are Elites who funded Hitler – based here in the US and internationally. Allen Dulles and Prescott Bush ran front companies here for Elites who recruited Hitler and funded the Nazi movement.
American dollars at the time were cashed in for Gold and shipped to Hitler. And it seems very clear now that not only was the Vatican involved in “catapulting” Hitler to power but in moving the gold and money – into Germany and likely out again at the end of WWII. Also that it is likely that the US “allowed Hitler to escape with money.” This laid the foundation for the rise of the Fourth Reich which we are watching now.


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Yes, you have connected many dots. It would be interesting to know how many and which companies in the world are owned in whole or controlled by the CIA. Obviously google and facebook but also many surveillance and other technology companies. In theory, they could even operate a seemingly benign website like commondreams just to identify/understand oppositional thinking and or opponents to their agenda. Congress has done a horrible job of regulating this industry and protecting individual freedoms and liberties with regard to monitoring and freedom of speech and privacy. We are obviously in big trouble.


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reader –

Well, I’m personally of the opinion that it is the NRA’s CIA which has introduced this gun violence to the US, especially because of the power it has wielded in moving both liberals and moderates in both parties out of the Congress. These were the most likely members to challenge the CIA (if you recall the Church Hearings) and on assassinations of liberal leaders here in the US and on their operations.
The right wing can only rise on violence – that’s always been true – it’s still true today.

And, yes, I’m sure that google and facebook are sources of information – and even common dreams.
And many of the links to CIA information I’ve used have been “edited” and made less clear - convoluted.

Congress has done a horrible job of regulating this industry and protecting individual freedoms and liberties with regard to monitoring and freedom of speech and privacy. We are obviously in big trouble.

Agree –
but Congress didn’t do a “horrible job” … they did an excellent job for their owners/Elites.