The State Department was eager to brush over miffed feelings connected to the G-7 meeting, particularly with Germany. Perhaps a bit too eager. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert was striving to list examples of our close historical relationship and included the D-Day invasion. It is true that that was a key moment in our “relationship” but it was hardly a positive one.
Nauert (who has done an otherwise outstanding job at the State Department) caused a stir with the following statement:
“We have a very strong relationship with the government of Germany,” Nauert said. “Looking back in the history books, today is the 71st anniversary of the speech that announced the Marshall Plan. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the D-Day invasion. We obviously have a very long history with the government of Germany, and we have a strong relationship with the government of Germany.”
That is a bit like General Sherman saying had a “very strong relationship” with Georgia after his “March to the Sea.”
Roughly 200,000 German troops were killed or wounded with another 200,000 captured as prisoners of war.