While tanks will make little practical difference for the war, Germany lacks the manufacturing capacity to make good the losses, so European countries will be forced to buy American tanks instead.
Germany - and by extension the rest of the EU - has long since outsourced military security to the US and energy security to the Russians. And all kinds of other stuff to China. Anyway, with a war on, its unsurprising that the Russians are putting the energy squeeze on and the Americans the gun squeeze. But really, can you blame either? Yes, I am victim blaming. This is the real world where utopian bullshit just turns you into someone's bitch. Caveat emptor
American exceptionalism will be the death of Europe. Whether you like it or not. For this reason, the individual European countries need to shed the EU cloak and stand tall both individually and together in whatever form actually benefits each nation. I might suggest looking to Hungary for guidance. Otherwise, you will be sucked into the political, cultural and economic mire that has become the collective "West". Not so good. Pray, plan, prepare and RESIST.
Of course it is about hurting Germany, and Europe in general. As a UK resident I am ashamed of the position our government has taken in support of the USA and against our natural allies in Europe and across the world. Nothing good will come of supporting the rise of neo-Nazis in our own backyard.
If you want an in depth discussion about this, I highly recommend The Duran, available on Rumble as well as several other sites (including You Tube, if you still go there). Alexander Mercouris and Alex Christophorus, the two commentators also have individual channels. There is also The New Atlas with Brian Berlettic who does a thrice weekly analysis of the military situation with a heavy emphasis on military hardware. Just like with covid and the vaccines, this story is not covered at all in the MSM and there is a lot to know. Most of what you read or see on TV is lies.
The true intent is two-fold. This enriches the corporate oligarchs while simultaneously placing immense burden on the working class. The people pay ever-increasing taxes and suffer infinite inflation while some others are maimed and wounded in the manufactured physical conflict. Absurdly evil.
It's ALL about draining resources and nothing to do with security or safety or sovereignty.
Germany is the leading economic and political power within the EU. As long as the Germans are unwilling to stand up for themselves, as long as they allow themselves to be humiliated, Europe will stay demoralized.
"The Germans are unwilling and incapable of retaliating in either action or words [mainly to NS2]. That’s the state of the leading economic and political power in Europe at this point. Yet Germany is still willing and capable of bossing the rest of Europe around; so in effect we’re lead by cowards."
The benchmark of Berlin's cuckery is the tone of Warsaw: the more outrageous the Poles are when it comes to addressing Germany, the greater Berlin's submission. This can't persist forever: Germany is the greatest elephant on the continent, economically. This hasn't changed by a war in Slavistan, it's the result of 70 years of buildup, it won't change overnight.
You have got to laugh! It really is all about the money.
The USA is totally captured by its global industrialised warfare industry.
They've transferred everything else to China. - what else have they got left. The corporations make the arms and buy the politicians and the defence spending increases every year. Any country that becomes part of NATO needs huge military upgrades, and if business slacks off, well they just start a war.
The UK can't even control its own nuclear weapons without US say so, and we spend millions on F35 fighters, which are always breaking down - the same ones Canada is just about to purchase.
War is good for business and the US are the masters of manipulation. Unfortunately it all comes at a cost which may ultimately destroy them as well as their national debt hits 30 trillion dollars.
Meanwhile corporations like Monsanto are standing by to reconstruct Ukraine once the fighting is over - to introduce GM crops and pesticides to poison us all.
But hey, it's not personal, it's just business.
The Americans really have dropped their Nice Guy persona haven't they? They really are being exposed as the Bad Guys they probably always were in the post war world. Scary. Growing up during the Cold War I was always more afraid of the Americans, with their good teeth and happy families and Coca Cola, stomping across the world pretending they cared. My father (a completely different generation) was scared of both the Reds and the Yanks. The Reds now look like the guys who are trying to retaliate after years of being pushed into a corner by arrogant old Uncle Sam.
Genuine question: I appreciate that much of this donation of kit is political rather than military but how, exactly, do the West think the Ukes will operate these vehicles?
They require a serious logistics chain just for the ammunition, never mind repairs. What also of training?? That takes considerable time and practice and the Russians have been learning *very* quickly.
The Anglos are still trying to keep Germany separate from Russia. They have been at it since Queen Victoria's time. The latest expression of this was the destruction of the Nordstream pipelines. But we see signs that Germany might not want to lose its Russia relationship options completely. So now the Anglo-dominated NATO will keep the Germans offside with Russia by insisting they supply tanks to Ukraine. However, in the longer term, the resource issue means that Russian-German rapprochement is inevitable. It is just a matter of time.
The German's fate is in the German's hands. If they want us out all they have to do is tell us to leave and get serious about defending themselves (to include things like not letting us do silly illegal things like blowing up pipelines.) I would like nothing better than to close down all those Europeean resort bases we have like Ramstein, bring back our people and use the money on the Navy. The question is: How will the other Europeans react to the Germans getting serious about defending themselves? That is also in the hands of the Germans.
The Americans are dangerous people to have as enemies but positively lethal to have as friends.
Not to be defensive... but I'd argue that this is not "America" but rather a transnational elite. It's an empire without a metropole. The United States just happens to be the biggest asset in its portfolio.
Yes, I am pleasantly surprised with Scholz.
It is hard to gauge him, he seemed to be without morals or a backbone, but hopefully he holds fast here. Macron seems to be on his side, that may help.
I could imagie that the US wants our defense industry contracts, but for Germany this is not such a crucial industry. The car industry is much more important.
I'd be glad to pay more for our own defence if it meant:
- no more globohomo rainbow flags
- no more mutilating kids
- no more Anglos speaking like the Kardashian sluts
- no more vile American film, television and music
- no more of your vile food
- no more pointless wars that damage us needlessly (Libya -> 3rd world immigrants)
Death to America!
The USA could send theirs and let Germany keep theirs. But that is too easy and misses the purpose you suspect.