September 25, 2003

Shit-kickin' cowboys no match for subtle Europeans...

Michael Gonzalez writes:

BRUSSELS--The Bush administration is often presented as arrogant and unilateralist, probably because successes are kept quiet. Much happens behind the scenes, however. Jacques Chirac's growing isolation in Europe has much to do with White House diplomacy, for example. The same with "star wars."

Remember missile defense? It was a grave threat to world peace and another sign that George W. Bush was a dangerous cowboy, right? Those were the European headlines two years ago. Today you hear not a peep about it. And yet, a first-generation shield may soon have to counter the threat posed by North Korea. Why has it ceased to be "news"?...

Hee hee. What the Bushies did was to quietly ask European defense firms to undertake some of the work. Billions of dollars worth. And would you be so very surprised to learn that that deep and principled European opposition to America's "destabilizing" missile defense plans wasn't so deep after all?

Our Prez didn't earn an MBA for nothing. And it also helps that, unlike most politicians, he doesn't need the world's applause. Behind-the-scenes success is just fine...

Posted by John Weidner at September 25, 2003 7:56 PM
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