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Pentagon fires warning shot to EU over Nato unity

Pentagon fires warning shot to EU over Nato unity

Pentagon fires warning shot to EU over Nato unity The tension is a reminder of past — and still more bitter — disputes

Michael Peel, Katrina Manson and Mehreen Khan in Brussels PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 15, 2018

NATO vs EUYou could almost feel the wince in the EU institutions just a few kilometres away. Kay Bailey Hutchison, US ambassador to Nato, had issued a warning about the direction of Europe’s plans for growing defence co-operation. From the podium at the western alliance’s headquarters on the outskirts of Brussels, she said EU countries’ co-operation shouldn’t be protectionist, duplicative of NATO work, or distracting from their alliance responsibilities. “In Texas we say: ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,’” the former senator concluded with a flourish earlier this week. The tension is a reminder of past — and still more bitter — disputes.

Transatlantic discord over European security co-operation rose steeply during George W Bush’s first administration and the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. US critics derisively dismissed a post-invasion parley held in Belgium by European powers as the “chocolate summit”.

European officials cast the latest bout of US suspicion as a misunderstanding of what they are trying to do. Far from trying to shutout the US and compete with NATO, the Europeans claim they are responding to longstanding calls by Washington — reinforced by President Donald Trump — to contribute more to the 29-member alliance.

This they say they can do through mechanisms such as the European Defence Fund and Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco), whose first 17 projects range from improving military mobility to developing a new infantry fighting vehicle.

US officials are suspicious of being at “cross purposes” with Europe should it seek to redirect forces or capability just as NATO is squaring up to Russia.

But the Pentagon is also trying to square a circle. Mr Trump’s focus on “America First” and his past description of NATO as “obsolete”, alongside his lacklustre endorsement of Article 5 — NATO’s collective defence pact that deems an attack against one as an attack against all — spooked even those in his own administration.

US defence secretary Jim Mattis has spent months travelling the globe, shoring up alliances. He has a delicate balance to strike: in striving to reassure allies jolted by Mr Trump’s apparent disdain for them, he is also urging them to commit to the US, spend more on defence and — implied by his comments about “interoperability” — to buy American.

Yet another article that highlights the issue of duplication and the challenge that an EU ARMY now sets before NATO.  This article highlights yet again the fulfilment of Bible Prophecy spoken 2500 years ago.  The Bible reveals that The EU will become a SUPERSTATE with a dominant FEDERAL GOVERNMENT described in the Bible as a Beast System due to its amalgamation of different countries and peoples into one State with one Voice.  Along with this development we expect to see Russia become more involved in Europe with links to a combined army, yes NATO will come to an end and Russia will end up militarily linked to this EU ARMY.  But Russia will never join the EU as Putin will never give up Russia's sovereignty.

So WATCH this development as it is a sure sign that we are living in the last days before Christ's Return.  

This EU SUPERSTATE will along with Russia enter into a final conflict with Israel and the Middle East.  Germany is the key country in what Bible Prophecy refers to as the land of "Magog". The Land of MagogThey are spoken of militarily as the "King of the North".  Together the Bible says that Russia and the EU will invade the Middle East in the Last Days.  So Bible Students expect to see Germany and France taking a greater role in leading Europe.  It is also interesting to see Germany taking greater control of a continent they tried to take by war and failed.

Yet again we see in Todays News Headlines words that show how the Nations are fulfilling the latter day alignment of Nations as Prophesied by the Bible. 

See this article to learn more about this and the latter day prophecies of the Bible.

See this article for more on this subject: WHAT IS NEXT FOR EUROPE