Now, when Angela Merkel's government - siding with Russia - has reiterated its opposition to sending weapons to opposition forces fighting Syria's murderous dictator Bashar al-Assad, the US and its true allies must ask the question:
Is Germany - although formally a member of NATO and a "close" ally of the US - in reality an ally of Russia?
Considering Germany's earlier opposition and refusal to participate in the toppling of two other murderous dictators, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi - again siding with Russia - the surprising answer looks more and more like, yes it is.
Germany's sad gliding into the Russian sphere began when dictator Vladimir Putin's close personal friend, socialist chancellor Gerhard Schröder helped to prolong the Iraq war by several years, when he chose to ally himself with Russia and China instead of the US. (The decision to remove Saddam, who had killed tens of thousands of innocent people, was the right one. The UN debate about the missing proof of weapons of mass destruction was only a sideshow, serving the interests of Russia and China).
Later Germany - now under supposedly conservative politician Angela Merkel - again in good cooperation with Russia, also opposed military intervention against the bloody dictator Gaddafi in Libya.
With friends like the Germans, who needs enemies?