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Bush's European Disaster

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High officials of European governments describe U.S. influence as squandered and swiftly eroding (one minister went down a list of Bush administration officials, rating them according to their stupidity), the country's moral authority nil. Lethal power vacuums are emerging from Lebanon to Pakistan, and Europeans are incapable on their own of quelling the fires that burn far closer to them than to the United States through their growing Muslim populations and proximity to the Middle East. They have no illusions that they will be treated seriously as real allies or that there will be a sudden about-face by the Bush administration. Their faint hope -- and it is only a hope -- is that they have already seen the worst and that it is not yet to come. Even worse than Bush, from their perspective, would be another Republican president who continued Bush policies and also appointed neoconservatives. That would toll, if not the end of days, then the decline and fall of the Western alliance except in name only, and an even more rapid acceleration of chaos in the world order.

It doesn't take long to go from the leader of the free world to a political backwater, as Bush is proving. Once the nations of the world start looking elsewhere for moral and political leadership, it's almost impossible to win respect back.


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Comments (3)

U.P. Man:

So it is President Bush's false that the European governments can handle crisis close to them?

John in CA:
and Europeans are incapable on their own of quelling the fires that burn far closer to them than to the United States through their growing Muslim populations and proximity to the Middle East.

Isn't that a telling comment. Through inattention to their military cabilities, their stagnant economies because of rampant socialism and their own unwillingness to deal with their immigrant issues, they can't deal with the problems that threaten them. Yet, some euroweinie bureaucrat wants to grade and criticize the United States? Such gaulle.

And "their growing Muslime population" is of their own making. Liberal immigration policy and lack of assimiliation caused the problem.

Sounds similiar to a certain North American nation that is battling with it's own immigration policy. Should be fair warning to the open borders/amnesty crowd.

They have no illusions that they will be treated seriously as real allies

When they can prove that they are worthy of being "real allies" they will be accorded that respect. Until then, they can just flop around the UNSC and attempt to thwart and undermine US foreign policy. The euroweinies haven't solved a significant problem in this world in 100 years. I doubt they will in the next hundred. None of them can do anything unless the United States is involved in it.

Bosnia and Kosovo were purely euroweinie problems, right in their backyard and they had neither the political will nor military capability to deal with the problem by themselves. Now they want to be treated as "equal allies"? KMA!

Paul Hamilton:

Okay, so let me ask this of both you then... If you think Europe is going astray for whatever reason, would it be our place to provide leadership and have our word taken seriously in foreign capitols?

If so, that shows the real problem that Bush and his inept leadership has caused. We *wasted* the position of moral authority we won at the end of the cold war by the current administration's complete unwillingness to include anyone else's interests in our own plans. And make no mistake, leadership comes down to the ability to work WITH others, not to just fly in their faces. We cannot force other nations to like us or to pay any attention to what we seek, and by acting like school bullies, we not only find ourselves all alone in the disaster in Iraq, we can't even influence other governments with our moral authority because it's GONE.

And, John, I find your comment about Bosnia being strictly a "eurowienie" problem really remarkable in light of the fact that your side wants every American to be terrorized by strictly local groups like Hamas or the Iraqi insurgents, thus justifying our investment in blood and fortune half a world away.


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