On December 23, the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, met with the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. During the meeting, the two of them discussed Afghanistan and the recent COP15 meeting on climate change.
On Afghanistan, Rompuy told Gutman that the situation must improve in 2010 or else Europe will leave Afghanistan. What’s more, Belgium will remove its troops from Afghanistan if a single Belgian gets killed.
As for COP15, Rompuy called the meeting an incredible disaster in which Europe was totally excluded and mistreated. Rompuy told Gutman that multilateral meetings do not work and he demanded that America and Europe come to an agreement on climate change and then meet with China.
In short, Rompuy was pissed.
Boo hoo. Sniffle. Sniffle.
In his diatribe, Rompuy seems to be hinting that America controls the situation in Afghanistan and could improve the situation there if it wanted to. And he seems to believe that were a Belgian soldier to die in Afghanistan, America would be responsible for his death and so in retribution, Belgium would remove its soldiers from Afghanistan.
And his comments on COP15 are further proof that Europe views climate change as a way to restrain the development of emerging nations such as China. That is why he wants Europe and America to come up with a plan and then meet with China – he wants Europe and America to join forces to bully China into submission.
Trash till the end.