By Sarwar Kashmeri
American overseas coverage towards Europe is merrily rolling alongside the trail of least resistance, within the trust that there's not anything quite amiss with the European-American dating that multilateralism won't repair. now not actual, argues Kashmeri. The alliance is useless, can't be mounted, and has to be renegotiated. It has no longer grown to deal with Europe's emergence as an important strength. a type of usa of Europe, with international priorities assorted from these of the U.S., has arrived at America's doorstep. yet the USA continues to be forging overseas coverage for Europe utilizing chilly struggle realities; either Democrats and Republicans count on the eu Union to fall into step, and record for provider as needed—under American leadership.Europe, besides the fact that, has different plans, and because it turns into extra strong at the global level, competing visions of eu management have emerged. The Iraq battle has introduced them into stark reduction. for instance, as Kashmeri issues out, the Atlantic divide over Iraq used to be extra approximately French-British pageant for management of Europe than it was once a few department among American targets and eu pursuits. He portrays British overseas coverage as out of contact with fact, as a coverage that has performed a disservice to the USA a result of Blair government's exaggerated and self-serving view of the British-American detailed dating. Kashmeri concludes with prescriptions for forging a brand new alliance in keeping with a different courting with the ecu Union. This time table is electrified by way of the strategies of the leaders who spoke to the writer in particular for this booklet, between them former president George H. W. Bush, former British top minister John significant, James A. Baker III, Wesley okay. Clark, Brent Scowcroft, Paul Volcker, U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, and Caspar W. Weinberger.
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The die was cast. America went off to war; the United Nations lay crippled and the transatlantic alliance seemed destined for the history books. Lost in this mess was the sad fact that no European leader supported Saddam Hussein or would have shed a tear at his eviction. ” The American administration repeatedly made the point that the Iraqi invasion was not unilateral because a number of countries took part in it. To charges that most of America’s traditional allies opposed its attack on Iraq, the administration said that did not matter, the attacks of September 11 had changed everything.
As of May 2006, as I write these words, there are still over 150,000 Americans in Iraq some four years after the invasion began. And after the death of more than 2,300 Americans and an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 Iraqis, there appears no light at the end of the tunnel. Not only has Iraqi oil not paid for this war—there isn’t enough Iraqi oil being pumped for Iraqis to fill their cars’ gas tanks. Hagel had discussed Iraq with European leaders for months and says there was no European leader who needed to be convinced about the Lessons from Iraq 29 brutality of Saddam Hussein’s regime; not one believed he could be rehabilitated.
As former President Bush told me, “The Europeans are in the process of trying to forge a common understanding about security and foreign policy. ” Second, Europe is the United States’ most natural ally in the fight against terrorism. Both share a common idea of an individual’s place in society and relationship to government; the concepts of democracy and liberty are woven into the fabric of the alliance. Facing an uncertain future scarred by the general availability of destructive technologies and a growing clash between competing visions of statehood, the alliance can substantially increase the odds that freedom will prevail.
America and Europe after 9 11 and Iraq: The Great Divide by Sarwar Kashmeri