Just by chance, my inquisitive (some may say big mouth) resulted in a very interesting conversation recently.
A Chat with Two NATO Fighter Pilots
Overhearing a different language spoken and spotting two very intense looking gentlemen, I asked
“Where are you guys from?”
“Germany!” they replied.
Game on …. as I quickly began quizzing them on their thoughts on Angela Merkel, the German Economy, the EU, their Capital Markets, the IMF, and global politics. They were very knowledgeable on all of these subject matters, and had very positive things to say in most instances.
Their most interesting thoughts were on the 1.5 million refugees that have come across the border and entered the German economy. They were positive on the accepted entrance and knew the demographics cold (80% men, ages 16-45.)
Thinking to myself, these guys must be politicians of some type, I asked the next question which caused both uncomfortable body language
“What do you think about the idea that the US has become more isolationist? You think Germans think that?”
“Ahhh …. NOT AT ALL …we are seeing eye to eye…” spoken VERY convincingly
Naturally, just as we all got up and parted ways, I asked them what they did and found out they were NATO fighter pilots. What ? Totally missed that one.
Certainly their backgrounds may skew their thinking, but from this visit, looks like things are pretty good!
Careful what you might read out there!
It’s a Friday — Enjoy your weekend – talk to you next week !
John A. Kvale CFA, CFP
8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225