Die Weltwoche is a Swiss weekly that is Classical Liberal in orientation. You can read their profile at Wikipedia here. Much of what Doug Macgregor has to say about the Russia - Ukraine conflict comes in relatively sound-byte sized interviews with people like Tucker Carlson. This interview is more in depth than most, and I’m inserting the whole thing with a h/t to Friend George. The interviewer is Urs Gehriger, dated 6/16/22. It looks like a machine translation, but it’s clear enough.
I don't know if it's yours Mark, or some other Substack that I have read that has noted that the European Union, Eurozone, and Schengin Area is essentially the MiddleEuropa proposed by most German statesman before WWI and that was the explicit peace offering to the Allies in the Summer of 1916. I love that MacGregor continues to carry this view after German reunification, when he made his military academic reputation in the late 1980's assessing the GDR's (East Germany's) military and paramilitary potential and relationship with the Red Army. I think there was also some assessment of the Stasi in the books of his that I've read, but the point is that no one back in 1990 would have predicted Berlin calling the shots in Westphalia, let alone Lombardy or Athens (Bonn was the West German capital and beholden to DC). MacGregor's ability to notice that the Cold War ended and the European, and with it, World economic Order has changed, has got to be the most interesting and distinguishing characteristics of him relative to the rest of the American officer corps.
The Swiss journal person has no ability to apply critical thinking skills. Very one-way thinking, which as we all know gets us into all sorts of trouble. Thanks Mark!
Hi, Mark. Great article as ever. Good to see one of our Swiss journals printing this. We're a nasty little conformist nation who always go with the big battalions, despite our much vaunted "neutrality". Good to see that there are some honest journalists over here.
Very insightful, incisive appraisal of the Russia-Ukraine-US/Nato maelstrom, Mark. Mr Weltwoche must have needed a stiff martini or two after that interview!
Germany’s military has been hollowed out, and it would take a cultural earth quake to rebuild it.
The Cold War peace dividend, and then some, was used to reduce the German armed forces to a very low level of readiness.
The powers that be in the United States military usually hate being told and/or shown that they are wrong, Col. Billy Mitchell was court martialed for example. Macgregor is seldom wrong, he should wear the criticism he receives as a badge of honor.