It used to be cute to talk about how “Bush turned off the Europeans.” Perhaps. But beneath all the public demonstrations and burning effigies, the old guard knew that Bush, like Clinton, Bush, and Reagan (but not Carter), would be there should the Russians, Koreans, Chinese, the lunatic regimes in the Middle East, the Al Qaedists and the rest threaten Western interests.These days, with just 6% of Israelis seeing Obama as pro-Israel, Europe and Israel may be finding something they can both agree on.
I don’t see how they can assume such a thing any more.
From the trivial like the treatment of the Churchill bust or the DVD gift to Gordon Brown, to the profound like the serial apologies, voting present on Iran, and deer-in-the-headlights stance on Korea, they must assume that the “European Rapid Deployment Force” is now their primary bulwark against the foes of civilization.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
When It Comes To Obama, Europe May Be In The Same Boat As Israel
Victor Davis Hanson evaluates the first 6 months of Obama's presidency. In course of his evaluation, he makes the following point: