In an article about Tony Blair's promotion of Britain's role as a sort of bridge between Europe and the US Dominique Moïsi, deputy director of the French Institute for International Relations demonstrates the provincialism that permeates so much of European thinking about America:
"It is discreetly satisfying for us to see the state of affairs between Germany and the U.S. because the Americans cannot have two crises, one with France and one with Germany, and now the Germans have taken over and that is good,"
Well, hold on a minute. One might guess that President Bush probably feels some anger toward the German leaders - when he thinks about the German leaders. But is that a crisis? Hardly. The pronouncements of European leaders do not exactly figure prominently in the minds of Bush Administration strategists (with the possible exception of Colin Powell). Why should they? The US faces some big national security problems. Most of the European countries have signalled an unwillingness to recognize the gravity of these problems let alone contribute significantly to their solution. Why else should European attitudes matter? We no longer have to worry about Europe as central battle ground of the Cold War. The European countries are just not up to playing a constructive role on the international stage. So the bleating of some foolish German minister might be the occasion for a diplomatic row. But in the bigger scheme of things there is no crisis.
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