It’ll be good soon, won’t it? Should Christine Lambrecht, the Minister of Defense in defense mode, go on like this for a long time to come? For weeks, almost since she took office, there have been reports about her, which – with all due respect – are not just any radio or some piercing, as the minister herself says in an attack on her own department.
Speaking of which, when was the last time this happened? No, regardless of that, it is her achievements or what she affords that arouse resentment, internally and publicly.
It is one thing that the minister is not interested in knowing ranks. On the other hand, the fact that she has expressed little interest in getting to know the military leadership council, the most important senior soldiers, is not profane.
And that she doesn’t try to get all the essential facts in record time as a stranger, especially in times of war – of course, how that makes the rounds in the ministry and beyond. What was Lambrecht thinking?
She thinks she’s doing everything right, or at least almost everything. At least that’s the picture Lambrecht gives: attack as the best form of defence. Whoever criticizes will be criticized.
It’s like this: Even with the delivery of weapons and ammunition, things don’t really work out that well. Neither does what she says. Two small ones out of a number of examples; they are not invented by malicious people.
Lambrecht does not know how the Gepard anti-aircraft tank works, but nevertheless praises it as exactly what Ukraine needs now (just still doesn’t have).
And she doesn’t know that the Marder infantry fighting vehicle could have been delivered, although there is a paper about it. At other times and in other governments, something like this would have led to a bang, i.e. to dismissal.
And now this too: Lambrecht says she is counting on Nancy Faeser taking office in Hesse in 2023 and becoming Prime Minister. Either, Lambrecht talked like that because she somehow meant well. Or she thought: Everyone knows anyway that Faeser is parked in Berlin as Minister of the Interior.
Or the colleague should explain herself so that she, Lambrecht, knows whether she can still hope for her favorite department. It doesn’t matter, the interior minister can’t get rid of the debate. And reacted accordingly piqued.
How did Faeser say it so pointedly? She also tries to spend a lot of time with her son – who is seven and not 21 – but has never taken him on a business trip. And all this between two social democrats in the cabinet, both from Hesse.
But because what must not be cannot be, Scholz defends Lambrecht. Otherwise the Chancellor would have to admit that he made a mistake. That’s none of his business. Not yet. It just doesn’t go well for much longer.