Europeans may as well try pacifism and bone-idleness, as starting two world wars that killed more than a hundred million people didn’t work out so well for them (or for the rest of the world, come to that). At least all those idle hours gives them more time to think of things to criticize America for. Those on the Left like to refer to this America-derangement-syndrome as sophistication. I call it penis envy.
I thought of the cogent criticisms Michael Barone makes as long ago as the mid-sixties, during which time I was obliged to become part of the American defense team, mostly in order to keep the commie hordes to the east from overrunning Western Europe, which had already largely recovered from the effects of the second monster war Europe started. Americans were there to defend Europe largely because Europe couldn’t be bothered to defend itself. While on liberty in European cities like Genoa, Vigo, Palma, Copenhagen, et al., I saw well-dressed men my age in civilian clothes, as their countries had no conscription. In restaurants they ordered drinks and food I couldn’t afford on the pay of an E-3 or E-4 (at which lofty level I peaked out). Not only did I have to take a couple of years out of my life at well below minimum wage, but my parents had to be taxed, as would I when I eventually took a real job, to support a military establishment far larger and more expensive than that of all Europe combined. The question that occurred to me then, and which is not yet answered, was: “How long do I have to carry these bums?”
Looking back on it, I sometimes think we should have let the Soviets have Western Europe. The French would have driven them nuts. And the KGB would have known how to deal with jihadists.