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Is Shapps softening us up for a Global Defence Reset?

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LAST week’s dire warnings from Defence Secretary Grant Shapps prompt the question of whether this is another Project Fear in the making and a dangerous ploy to condition us to accept a Global Defence Reset. 

Shapps asserted that in the next five years we could be at war with China, which has a military force  of 2million; with Russia’s 830,900 military power and with North Korea’s 1,200,000; all in addition to a projected war with Iran whose forces add up to a mere 575,000 – four of the biggest armies in the world, Defence Manpower figures confirm. 

At the same time he made a naïve defence of cutting British troops to 73,000.

These numbers demonstrate that the UK by itself cannot match Shapps’s bellicosity towards any of these global bullies, let alone all at the same time, forcefully underlined by United States generals complaining that the UK’s military is too small to fight. While there’s no doubt of our need for alliances and co-operation, it must not be at the expense of UK interests and sovereignty over our foreign and defence policies. This does seem to be the case, however. The new and emerging power of a federal EU has positioned itself to take over the Nato (European) lead from the US and has made its ambitions clear. It proposes to take to itself powers of control over European foreign policy along with an authority to instruct subservient member nation states to provide the funding and the troops to fight the wars it decides to engage in. 

Nato under US leadership has, for decades, accepted that the UK and the other member states have the right to serve their nation’s interests and will retain their own sovereignty. The same would not continue under EU leadership of Nato (European). 

So far the US has not publicly opposed this prospect. Rather, Presidents Trump and Biden have indicated that they would welcome European, not US, taxpayers fully funding European defence. The US has failed for decades to get European member states (with the exception of the UK and Poland) to pay their fair share for defence. Yet the non-elected elites of the EU have proved themselves past masters at extracting funds from their member states and have failed to meet audit scrutiny on budgets dogged by inappropriate ethical conduct and scandal for years. 

Worryingly too the current Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was once again in Davos learning what the World Economic Forum elite’s latest ambitions are, cosying up to the EU’s unelected leaders and knowing full well their ambitions to make foreign policy and defence an EU Federal competence that usurps their nation states’ former authority. 

That’s why we need to take great interest in the appointment of the next Secretary-General of Nato when Stoltenberg’s time comes up in October this year. The globalists will want their puppet. The UK must wake up to that prospect. The free Western world should insist on a patriot supporter who will defend nation state democracy and the individual freedoms and liberties it safeguards. 

In Britain we should also ask ourselves if Shapps’s dire warnings are designed to facilitate WEF ambitions to undermine the Western nation states’ defence independence. It was, after all, our nation state and the democracy it protects that our forebears fought and died for. Whether a new generation will be willing to fight and die for a globalist order where they own nothing and are ordered to be happy is a moot point.

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David Card
David Card
David Card is a retired RAF aircrew officer and editor of UK Defence Matters.

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