Sorry for the insensitive headline but my father was a combat infantry officer in Europe in World War II. While the British used the genteel "Jerry" for the Germans and the average Soviet foot soldier employed the surprisingly comradely "Fritz," the Yanks whose youth was interrupted to destroy the Nazis employed the all-American bluntness above.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Pentagon is preparing to rotate more forces to Europe to "deter" Russia. Why is this our problem? The European Union has the largest economy in the world yet most NATO members spend a diminishing amount on defense. German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears serene in the face of Russia's new assertiveness. Indeed, Germany's armed forces continue to shrink.
If there's a problem from Russia, it should belong to the prosperous, democratic Europe, and especially Germany, that was created by American blood and, in the Cold War, steadfastness.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he will triple down on austerity, which will mean shrinking the Royal Navy lower than its already historic diminished size. In other words, Britain and the entire EU are more than ever free riders on the American taxpayers who fund the U.S. Navy to keep the global sea lanes safe and open.