Merkel: US needs to rebuild trust

posted at 7:01 pm on November 18, 2013 by Bruce McQuain

If it wasn’t bad enough that this administration has lost the trust of its citizens in the wake of the NSA spying scandal, it has also lost the trust of many of its allies as well. Germany is one of them:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the relationship between Germany and the United States as well as the future of a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement have been “put to the test” by allegations of massive spying by the U.S. National Security Agency — including tapping her own phone.

“The allegations are grave. They have to be investigated and — even more important — for the future, new trust has to be rebuilt,” Merkel told Parliament at the beginning of a debate on U.S. spying in Germany.

So how will the most transparent administration in the history of the US handle this?  Opaquely, of course.  Don’t expect any sort of an apology anytime soon.  Why?  Well, despite being mad, Europe still knows on which side their bread is buttered and the Obama administration knows it too:

However, Merkel tempered her criticism by declaring that Germany’s alliance with Washington “remains a fundamental guarantor for our freedom and our security.”

That can also be “translated” into “this administration will be gone in 3 years and we don’t want to pay for our own defense” … or words to that effect.

But they’re still going to voice their displeasure publicly at a US administration they consider to be weak:

The need to maintain close ties with Washington while at the same time responding to public outrage over American spying has proven challenging for Merkel, who had sought to play down the allegations when they first surfaced last spring.

That changed, however, with media reports last month that Merkel’s own cellphone had been tapped by NSA operatives. The reports unleashed a firestorm of criticism in Germany, threatening one of America’s closest political relationships in Europe.

In the wake of those reports, the German government sent delegations to Washington to press for a no-spying pact with the Americans.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told Parliament that the U.S. had not been as forthcoming during those talks as the Germans had hoped.

“The Americans need to come clean,” Friedrich said. “They cannot become entangled in contradictions…The silence means there are all sorts of conspiracy theories.”

Thus far all of this has been met with mostly silence from the US.  And the Germans are demanding answers, as are other European allies that were spied upon.  But hey, they’re allies and this administration has a bit of a history of blowing off our allies’ concerns.

Why should this be any different?

~McQ


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Wait wait… I remember… something… Obama… something… bring respect to the US on the world stage… something… Nobel Peace Prize… something…

It’s all so hazy now…

(Obama: Bush’ fault… I didn’t realize those policies were in place the last 5 years…)

Skywise on November 18, 2013 at 7:05 PM

It’s not going to improve for at least the next three years.

rbj on November 18, 2013 at 7:06 PM

then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.

Apparently Merkel needs an iPod with obozo’s speeches on it.

Flange on November 18, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Merkel: US needs to rebuild trust

That’s why this country
voted for Obama….
What else do you want..?

Now get back to using your cell phone…
/

Electrongod on November 18, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Perhaps another Nobel is in order for President Downgrade.

hillbillyjim on November 18, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Tell us something we don’t already know.

Christien on November 18, 2013 at 7:11 PM

If you like your cell phone privacy, you can keep your cell phone privacy. Period.

VorDaj on November 18, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Mr. Obama was reportedly quite upset with Ms. Merkel’s remarks. He claimed that what Ms. Merkel said publicly was far different from what her staff sent to her privately in preparatory emails and phone calls.

Mason on November 18, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Sorry, trust won’t be restored by Obama or Hillary
or any other progressive. They don’t have it
in them. Progressive DNA has the cheater gene.

redguy on November 18, 2013 at 7:17 PM

I call BS on Merkel’s disingenuous nonsense.

If European leaders, or anyone else for that matter, expect that the US will not be gathering SIGINT in foreign countries, or gathering data bouncing off commo satellites, they live in a dream world. Especially if the leader is actually stupid enough to say anything other than, “Hi, how are ya?” on a cell phone.

This, and the statement in the article that the Germans had sent delegations to Washington to ask for a non-spying pact (for crying out loud) is for German domestic consumption. They probably got laughed at. Nobody who understands that all governments spy on each other all the time should ever take this nonsense at face value.

Especially the Germans. Phooey on them. They helped Saddam Hussein build his nuclear and chemical weapons capability – we certainly have the right to know about activities such as that, and if we get that knowledge from SIGINT, then tough crap, you need to use land lines. You play the game, you take a chance of losing.

jclittlep on November 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Sorry, trust won’t be restored by Obama or Hillary
or any other progressive. They don’t have it
in them. Progressive DNA has the cheater gene.

redguy on November 18, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Trust: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-cheating-students-government-jobs-corruption-20131118,0,2929974.story#axzz2l20Vwgy6

davidk on November 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM

davidk on November 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM

After the scandalous leaks that the U.S. was spying on Germany, quite a few neocons came out and began pushing the line that “This happens all the time. The Europeans are being hypocrites. I can tell you ten instances when the French have done it.”

Well, duh. The French are disgusting and everyone knows they lack honor and integrity. In fact, they’re proud of this fact. It’s part of their brand.

In other words, saying “The French do it, too!” wasn’t a fair rebuttal to Merkel’s criticisms.

However, that’s a minor point in regard to whether Snowden is a hero for leaking private information about the U.S. govt. The broader point is that the U.S. government has so completely abused its power and has become so dangerous to the average citizen that there needs to be a general airing of its dirty secrets.

Burke on November 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Smart Power.

besser tot als rot on November 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Has Paul Krugman revised his NY Times op-ed critical of G.W. Bush from May 18, 2004. yet?

“…the nation’s prestige will be damaged by that outcome. But lost prestige is better than ruin.”

We’re getting both, Paully.

socalcon on November 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Sorry Angie, we need to do some mopping up here first.

And that may take a bit of time…

CPT. Charles on November 18, 2013 at 7:34 PM

We’re busy, honey.
Go yodel yourself.

AllahsNippleHair on November 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM

The Supreme Court weaseled today. Your freedoms continue to be usurped, along with the constitution.

The Europeans cheered for obama and deserve him in full.

Next to schadenfreude against the US media, the kind against the foolish Europeans is greatest.

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Think of the apology tour President Paul/Cruz/Perry/Jindal/Palin etc will have to go on.

“Yes I know he was a lying idiot but I swear I’ve cleaned house. The past 8 years are a scary memory”

gophergirl on November 18, 2013 at 7:41 PM

US needs to rebuild trust
…WITH A NEW NON-LYING NON-INCOMPETENT PRESIDENT ! (i.e., somebody who’s NOT a d-cRAT or RINO).

TeaPartyNation on November 18, 2013 at 8:06 PM

fine.
pull all USAREUR forces back home, bring our equipment back home.

dmacleo on November 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM

We should ‘apologize’ by immediately ordering the PCS transfer of every remaining non-NATO military base, offices, hardware, and military members (and families) from Germany… time for the free lunch to stop and let Andrea Merkel pay for her own defense…

Ask Puerto Rico how they felt after we closed down Naval Station Roosevelt Roads… after the locals fought so hard to get the bombing range at the east end of the island shut down… losing all that income and host national jobs (at the US mainland rate of pay)…

Somewhere, Admiral Natter is STILL laughing and smiling over that one…

Khun Joe on November 18, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Meh. Germany wanted Obama, they can have him. We’ll build trust with a better president.

thebrokenrattle on November 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Think of the apology tour President Paul/Cruz/Perry/Jindal/Palin etc will have to go on.

“Yes I know he was a lying idiot but I swear I’ve cleaned house. The past 8 years are a scary memory”

gophergirl on November 18, 2013 at 7:41 PM

O’who? Never heard of him.

slickwillie2001 on November 18, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Merkel (and other Europeans), do you think that you even exist in Obama’s Washington?

virgo on November 19, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Oprah was right!

OxyCon on November 19, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Europe cheered in the Grand Delusion of Obama, Tyro Liar Extraordinaire.

A bit late for quibbling over the utterly-predictable outcome.

Schmucks.

profitsbeard on November 19, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Obama has succeeded in his effort to make America a laughing stock of the world.

sadatoni on November 19, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Every country has their own best interests at heart. It’s just the way things are. Get over it or pay for your own army.

Kissmygrits on November 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM