Re: Forcing EU to choose sides
" It seems the US primary interest is selling overpriced, outdated Telco gear and military hardware."
Not quite. It's mercantilist/monopolist dominance of the marketplace, where the government and private industry become hard to tell apart - think of the way the UK government and the East India Company became so heavily tied together that when the EIC was hitting its third bankruptcy, it was able to get laws passed allowing it to bypass England and directly export untaxed tea from India to Massachusetts (with import taxes exempted too - which made a bunch of Bostonian tea smugglers who had large stores kept in canadian warehouses cross enough to put on fancy dress and have a party in the harbour...)
American colonial ambitions are likely to run into a similar fate sooner or later.