U.S. Offered Berlin 'Five Eyes' Pact. Merkel Was Done With It

With a fool as President, where is hope for Leadership?

As spying betrayals become ever more acute, Germany kicks out another American spy. Relationships are failing.

It seems that even a ship of fools realizes it has run aground. But as this article points out realization that you have run aground is often too late.

This will now have consequences well beyond what most people imagine as you turn down the offer made suggests Germany will chart a course of its own, and that may not be an America first policy.

China and Russia await with open arms, while the world watches mistake after mistake made.

So sad to see a disaster created for so little gain. Can anyone reign in this ship of fools? With a fool as President, were is hope for Leadership?

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By Patrick Donahue
and John Walcott
12 July 2014

U.S. Ambassador John Emerson made his way to the Foreign Ministry in Berlin armed with a plan to head off the worst diplomatic clash of Angela Merkel’s chancellorship.

Emerson came to the July 9 meeting with an offer authorized in Washington: provide Germany a U.S. intelligence-sharing agreement resembling one available only to four other nations. The goal was to assuage Merkel and prevent the expulsion of the Central Intelligence Agency’s chief of station in Berlin.

It wasn’t enough.

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Russia to Invest $60-70 Bln in Gas Pipeline to China - Kremlin

So now Russia invests $70 Billion into a Gas pipeline to China. That will create vast exports, huge capital values, and none in dollars.

The new Silk Road widens adding stimulus by facilitating trade, while the west fiddles away opportunities.

Russia to Invest $60-70 Bln in Gas Pipeline to China - Kremlin © RIA Novosti. Igor Zarembo
RIA Novosti
9 July 2014

BEIJING - The construction of Power of Siberia gas pipeline to supply Russian gas to China is expected to begin shortly, at a cost to Russia of $60-70 billion, Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov said Wednesday during his visit to China.

"The Power of Siberia gas pipeline construction will start soon, the estimated cost of this whole project is $60-70 billion," Ivanov said, addressing Russian-speaking students in Beijing.

The new pipeline is to supply China with Russian gas under a 30-year contract Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed in late May. Under the contract, Russian is to provide China with 38 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The value of the deal is estimated at $400 billion. Russia plans to invest $55 billion in the deal, and China around $22 billion.

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