Vier mehr Tage! Vier mehr Tage!

Okay, so apparently not all of you prepared for the end of WWII the same way I did. I wrote yesterday about why Horst Köhler, the former President of Germany, resigned Monday. In doing so, I quoted the statements that proved to be his undoing, but didn’t translate them from German. So what he said was:

“Meine Einschätzung ist aber, dass insgesamt wir auf dem Wege sind, doch auch in der Breite der Gesellschaft zu verstehen, dass ein Land unserer Größe mit dieser Außenhandelsorientierung und damit auch Außenhandelsabhängigkeit auch wissen muss, dass im Zweifel, im Notfall auch militärischer Einsatz notwendig ist, um unsere Interessen zu wahren, zum Beispiel freie Handelswege, zum Beispiel ganze regionale Instabilitäten zu verhindern, die mit Sicherheit dann auch auf unsere Chancen zurückschlagen negativ, bei uns durch Handel Arbeitsplätze und Einkommen zu sichern.”

The essential (but not literal) translation is:

“My assessment is that we are on our way to understanding that, given that we are a country with a reliance on trade, it is sometimes necessary (in cases of emergency) to use the military to protect our interests. For example, to protect trade routes or to prevent regional instability, in order to prevent negative effects on our security as it relates to trade jobs and income based on trade.”

So, basically, the military can be used to protect purely business interests, since that can effect the economy.

On second thought, maybe Köhler shouldn’t have resigned. That seems pretty pragmatic. But Obama should still resign. I mean, Obamacare is socialist!

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