By Sarwar Kashmeri
American international coverage towards Europe is merrily rolling alongside the trail of least resistance, within the trust that there's not anything rather amiss with the European-American courting that multilateralism won't repair. now not real, argues Kashmeri. The alliance is lifeless, can't be fastened, and has to be renegotiated. It has now not grown to house Europe's emergence as a tremendous energy. one of those usa of Europe, with overseas priorities assorted from these of the U.S., has arrived at America's doorstep. yet the United States continues to be forging overseas coverage for Europe utilizing chilly conflict realities; either Democrats and Republicans anticipate the eu Union to fall into step, and record for carrier as needed—under American leadership.Europe, despite the fact that, has different plans, and because it turns into extra strong at the international level, competing visions of ecu management have emerged. The Iraq struggle has introduced them into stark aid. 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 objectives and ecu objectives. He portrays British international coverage as out of contact with truth, as a coverage that has performed a disservice to the USA as a result of Blair government's exaggerated and self-serving view of the British-American specific courting. Kashmeri concludes with prescriptions for forging a brand new alliance according to a unique courting with the ecu Union. This time table is galvanized by means of the innovations of the leaders who spoke to the writer particularly for this publication, between them former president George H. W. Bush, former British top minister John significant, James A. Baker III, Wesley ok. Clark, Brent Scowcroft, Paul Volcker, U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, and Caspar W. Weinberger.
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Baker is part of the family that founded Houston, and that quiet, understated power results equally from his roots and from his own unquestioned accomplishments as a lawyer, diplomat, and public servant. Charm and graciousness and steel is how I would describe my first moments with Secretary Baker. Walk into his office and you get the unmistakable impression that if something really difficult had to get done, one would want to come to this room and try to convince its occupant to take charge. Secretary Baker has played a significant role in helping shape recent European history and the path of modern European-American relations.
Why, besides the far more multilateral administration of the first Bush administration, had this happened? “We also had an egregious fact situation to deal with,” Baker told me, referring to the spectacle of a big country invading and brutalizing its small neighbor. ” What makes Baker’s statement so ironic is this phrase—war of choice— which was at the heart of European criticism of the American invasion of Iraq. The vast majority of Europeans did not believe that facts on the ground supported the American position that Iraq constituted an imminent threat; they suspected that the real reason for the American action was simply the desire to oust Saddam Hussein—a suspicion that Baker’s words appear to reinforce.
Some of our rifts were brutal, bitter and deep, but, because we have stayed focused This Rift Is Different 21 on the common interests of all of our nations, we have been able to get through them, and I think we will continue to do that,” he said. The response of former President George H. W. Bush to my question on the nature of the rift seemed to be close to Senator Hagel’s. ” Bush wanted, it seemed to me, to draw my attention to the crossroads at which the European-American alliance had found itself in 1964, and the road President De Gaulle of France selected for France when he developed France’s own nuclear deterrent and opted out of the unified American-led NATO force arrangement.
America and Europe after 9 11 and Iraq: The Great Divide by Sarwar Kashmeri