Regardless Who Wins

WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Own report) – Regardless of who will win the presidential elections in the United States, German political observers are not anticipating a change of course in U.S. foreign policy. “It is essentially immaterial who wins,” predicts an expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). That country’s “enormous economic problems” leave the next US president with “hardly any margin of maneuver.” And according to the CDU’s Konrad Adenauer Foundation, one can “more than likely expect a continuity, rather than a change” in the coming U.S. foreign and military policy. The Republican candidate, Mitt Romney’s aggressive rhetoric can “be considered, with good conscience, to be the baying of an electoral campaign.” Observers agree that Romney – like Obama – will reinforce US presence on China’s East and Southeast Asian periphery. It can also be assumed that he will continue the Democrat president’s drone wars, should he win the elections. Both will order military attacks on Iran, if Iran should equip itself with nuclear arms, the Adenauer Foundation predicts. Berlin must adapt itself to this situation. Continue reading