Audrius Bačiulis to foreign readers
Lithuania is a small country with few media outlets and even fewer respected analytic journalists. Audrius Bačiulis stands among those few. His age gives advantage of relations among politics, informers (at least I suppose) and generally superior overview of local and global power shifts. Age also has a funny twist in that older people don‘t give a damn anymore, the responsibility for truth falls off with time more easily (not necessarily this case).
I follow him for quite some time now and I like that once in a while he expresses his opinions, which are usually unconventional. There is no official article on his bio, but his profiles are as follows: Twitter and Facebook.
Reaction to Donald Trump meeting in NATO (translation)
President Trump met with the Secretary General of NATO this morning. He delivered a clear message:"These countries have to step it up not over a ten year period, they have to set it up immediately."
Posted by The White House on 2018 m. Liepa 11 d., Trečiadienis
I could watch this again and again – Donald Trump without hesitation says, what for Germany and their officers linked with Putin via gas pipes would like to tell every Lithuanian, Pole, Ukrainian, Latvian or Estonian.
Poles even tried to tell, calling agreement for Nord Stream as “second Molotov-Ribbentrop pact”, but after nearly all office was killed in Smolensk, the rest quickly changed their minds and started privately explaining there was no reason to raise conflicts with Russia, because America is leaving Europe, therefore it should walk with Berlin and Moscow. In exchange they got warm offices in Brussels and various funds.
At that time America was in fact leaving Europe.
In 2009 new president Barack Obama visited Moscow and talked over with Putin. Soon he called Poland and Czech Republic presidents informing them America is renouncing its plans to build ballistic missile defense objects.
Later, in 2012 Obama talked over with Medvedev and asked to pass to Vladimir that if he won’t push him too much until re-election, after re-election is over it could be then more flexibly looked at Putin’s requirements for US rockets in Europe.
Obama also marched off Germany last American tanks and infantry combat machines. As soon as ship carrying American troops left Bremen port, Russia started Crimea occupation. Germans kept silent and behind closed doors clapped their hands as Obama started to return Germany its gold reserves that had been stored in US by then.
American occupation in Europe was coming to an end, NATO silent, but inexorably floundered, because no one was willing to heal it on neither sides of Atlantic. Because in Berlin the true reason for alliance is well remembered – to hold Germany under sole and prevent Germany initiating third world war in Europe. And for this reason America has be held in Europe, that it would keep Russia away, with which Germany again could feel temptation to parcel out the world.
But in America different winds blew and today we see US president openly saying obvious, but scary to admit truth: Europe is asking America to defend it against Russia, while at the same time Germany signs gas supply pipeline contract with Russia and pays it billions of EUR, with which Russia would have ability to buy guns and threaten Europe.
So who is really threatening Europe? The question is rhetoric.
It is interesting if […] there is anyone left in doubt that Trump’s victory was the best thing that could happen to Lithuania?
Original post by Audrius Bačiulis is here (in lithuanian).