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. no longer precise, argues Kashmeri. The alliance is useless, can't be fastened, and has to be renegotiated. It has now not grown to house Europe's emergence as an immense energy. one of those usa of Europe, with overseas priorities varied from these of the USA, has arrived at America's doorstep. yet the USA continues to be forging international coverage for Europe utilizing chilly struggle realities; either Democrats and Republicans count on the eu Union to fall into step, and file for carrier as needed—under American leadership.Europe, even though, has different plans, and because it turns into extra strong at the global degree, competing visions of eu management have emerged. The Iraq struggle has introduced them into stark reduction. for instance, as Kashmeri issues out, the Atlantic divide over Iraq was once extra approximately French-British festival for management of Europe than it used to be a couple of department among American ambitions and eu targets. He portrays British overseas coverage as out of contact with fact, as a coverage that has performed a disservice to the U.S. end result of the Blair government's exaggerated and self-serving view of the British-American targeted dating. Kashmeri concludes with prescriptions for forging a brand new alliance according to a unique dating 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 ebook, between them former president George H. W. Bush, former British leading 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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This description of the rift over Iraq as fundamentally different from past rifts because of the end of the Cold War, coupled with the forces and ripples unleashed by the emergence of the European Union, would recur throughout my conversations, even as other pieces of the puzzle fell into place. Wesley Clark Nothing exemplifies the transatlantic alliance as does the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Scowcroft’s belief that at its heart the current rift is really about the future leadership of the European Union was shared by General Wesley Clark, who, as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, led NATO into battle during the Kosovo crisis—the only battle NATO has ever fought.
It was France that took the full brunt of the blows rained on the recalcitrant Europeans by the American administration during the lead-up to the Iraqi war, and France returned them in full measure. To most Americans it was inconceivable that France, an ally, had threatened to veto the second United Nations resolution on Iraq without even seeing it; this seemed to cross all boundaries of behavior by an ally. I asked Weinberger whether he could remember France doing anything like it before. He did.
The Iraqi war was by this time beginning to appear to be a sideshow rather than the major contributor to the European-American rift. It was becoming ever more evident to me that the growth of a This Rift Is Different 17 European “self-consciousness,” as Volcker called it, triggered primarily by the ever growing integration of Europe, had generated tectonic shifts in the European political landscape. 4 There was now a new and integrated European Union, as opposed to the old pre–EU Europe of separate and competing states that had fought each other for centuries.