Monday, February 14, 2005

"Its ambitions exceed its reach"

Via Vodkapundit, a similar take on the EU / US relationship to mine from the other day (the basic point of which seemed, judging by the comments section, to have been missed by some readers). Interesting stuff and worth a look:

Take the "Greater Middle East" and imagine Europe and the United States working in tandem rather than vying with each other for influence. Imagine a well-choreographed "good cop, bad cop" tack on Iran, with the United States providing the muscle, lack of which has consistently stultified the Europeans as they tried to sweet-talk Tehran into abandoning the bomb. Or Israel/Palestine. In the past, the United States and France have worked at cross-purposes, with Paris keener on competing than on collaborating with Washington in the Middle East. Together, the European Union and the United States could ensure that this promising post-Arafat moment does not vanish once more in the roar of terrorist bombs.

1 Comments:

Anonymous FelixUSA said...

"Via Vodkapundit, a similar take on the EU / US relationship to mine from the other day (the basic point of which seemed, judging by the comments section, to have been missed by some readers)."

Actually, your point was not missed by some readers.

You need to re-read the article though, as it talks about the reality of the trans-Atlantic tiff and then "imagines" a world where the U.S. and Europe work in harmony while still maintaining their cross purposes. See the difference? Reality... imagination... reality... imagination...

Why if we only had that kind of imagination back in the Cold War, we could have worked in tandem with the USSR to invent Commie Capitalism and Democratic Totalitarianism instead of wasting all that time bickering.

2/15/2005 07:00:00 am  

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