State Department Spokesperson Cites D-Day As Proof Of Our Long Relationship With Germany

1490px-Into_the_Jaws_of_Death_23-0455M_editThe 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.

 

169 thoughts on “State Department Spokesperson Cites D-Day As Proof Of Our Long Relationship With Germany”

  1. Apart from the patent absurdity of the remark, relations between nations are founded on arms and economics. It is for this reason that I smile inwardly, whenever people talk or write of the: ‘special relationship’ between England and the United States. (Apropos World War II, England and France were internally diseased, and saving them was not worth the bloodshed it cost. Roosevelt, of course, had his own reasons for entering the war (which began by provoking the Japanese), and none of them had anything to do with honouring imagined special relationships.

    1. Thanks for recycling bilge even Ron Paul wasn’t outre enough to peddle. It’s been an education.

  2. Germany and all of western Europe was colonized as result of the victory in WW2. The idiotic spokesperson spoke more truth than intended.

  3. The GDR had an elite class, as do all societies. Merkel went to University and was allowed to travel to West Germany and abroad. These 2 indicators alone qualify her as “elite” by East German standards.

    1. Any leader of a nation is by definition part of the elite. It is how they wield their power that either aggravates or mitigates that fact.

      1. Mr. Smith, either you are not flying the current flag of Lesotho or you are missing the mokorotlo from the flag of Lesotho that you’re currently flying.

        P. S. I still love guessing games.

  4. I suppose it could be a reminder to elitist Markel that we’ve cleaned up their mess before, liberating the Jewish people and other dissenters whom their government savagely abused. Governments have taken away individual liberty throughout history with hideous consequences. Nazi Germany thought it had found the way to the great society utopia, but it delivered a nightmare.

    Let this be a warning against allowing a government to get mission creep and become too powerful.

    1. Karen, “elitist Merkel” from East Germany? Her origins don’t sound that elite. How do you get ‘elitist’ with her? Is that just a cliche you use because right-wing media uses it?

      1. The GDR had an elite class, as do all societies. Merkel went to University and was allowed to travel to West Germany and abroad. These 2 indicators alone qualify her as “elite” by East German standards.

  5. David Benson is Insufferable – don’t all the other characters look at each other and one of them says, and I may paraphrase “Just roll with it.”

  6. The State Department spokesperson’s statement most likely translated wrong due to the translators reading it wrong from the original Russian text.

  7. NK private discussion between Trump, Kim, and interpreters in a nutshell: mutual bribes. One bribe will give Kim, the world’s most brutal and effective dictator, some legitimacy. The other bribe will enrich Trump’s family, which, other than his bromance with Vlad, is the entire point of the Trump administration.

    1. 5PM – are you referring to Obama delivering pallets full of cash to terrorist nation Iran for nothing more than a promise of behaving themselves, shortly before they used our money to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles at Israel with “Death to Israel” scrawled on them? All so that Kerry and Obama could claim they were successful handling Iran?

      Like that kind of bribe? I can see how with this kind of history, you would expect nothing else.

      1. “Obama delivering pallets full of cash to terrorist nation Iran for nothing more than a promise of behaving themselves”

        Nope, that’s just another canard kept alive in right wing fever swamps like Breitbarts and Infowars.

        The real story:

        “Back in late 1979, after Iranian revolutionaries took 52 Americans hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Iran and froze Iranian assets in America. Among those frozen assets was a $400 million delivery of fighter jets from the U.S. that Iran’s previous government had already paid for.

        Although the American hostages were finally released a year later, issues such as the frozen Iranian assets (including that $400 million) were not settled at that time. Instead, an international court based in the Hague, the Iran–United States Claims Tribunal was established to deal with such legal claims. The tribunal process dragged on for years and years without a ruling on the $400 million being issued, and finally, when arbitration process was apparently about to wind up (quite possibly not in American’s favor), the U.S. agreed to pay Iran back the $400 million principal along with $1.3 billion in interest. If the issue had gone to the tribunal for a decision, as was expected, the U.S. could have been on the hook for the full $10 billion in compensation Iran was seeking.”

        https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/obama-bribed-iran-400-million-to-release-u-s-prisoners/

  8. Heather N. was obviously alluding to the fact that Russia, the US and the Allies freed Germany from totalitarian rule & epochal mismanagement of foreign affairs under the Nazis. She is relying on historical context….most Germans abhor the Nazi regime.

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