By Sarwar Kashmeri

ISBN-10: 0275993019

ISBN-13: 9780275993016

American overseas coverage towards Europe is merrily rolling alongside the trail of least resistance, within the trust that there's not anything particularly 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 needs to be renegotiated. It has now not grown to house Europe's emergence as a tremendous strength. one of those usa of Europe, with international priorities diverse from these of the USA, has arrived at America's doorstep. yet the USA continues to be forging international coverage for Europe utilizing chilly warfare realities; either Democrats and Republicans anticipate the ecu Union to fall into step, and document for carrier as needed—under American leadership.Europe, although, has different plans, and because it turns into extra strong at the international level, competing visions of eu management have emerged. The Iraq conflict 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 pursuits. He portrays British international coverage as out of contact with truth, 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 courting. Kashmeri concludes with prescriptions for forging a brand new alliance according to a different dating with the eu Union. This time table is galvanized by means of the innovations of the leaders who spoke to the writer particularly 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 world watched with fascination and bewilderment at the spectacle of these Western allies competing to court votes from countries that had thus far remained a cipher in global diplomacy but were now transformed into geopolitical heavyweights because of their occupation of the temporary Security Council seats. As America’s arguments for invading Iraq continued to lose backers, it announced that it would try one more time to get a resolution authorizing it to wage war against Iraq through the Security Council, but that it was prepared to take action irrespective of the wishes of the international community.

The United Kingdom immediately offered the use of its NATO bases, but France refused fly-over rights, forcing American planes to fly hundreds of miles out of the way. This required three or four air-to-air refueling operations, at night in total radio silence—a very dangerous procedure. “France’s decision actually put our pilots’ lives at risk and was totally inexcusable,” Weinberger told me. It is hard to imagine a more serious charge against an ally. But, after all the acrimony, fierce opposition, and debate engendered by the missile crisis of the 1970s and the attack on Libya of the 1980s, the alliance had come back together, gained in strength, and then gone on to achieve two spectacular successes.

A key lesson of the rift over the Iraqi war is that if anything has been hurt more than the transatlantic relationship, it is the European Union,” argues Secretary Baker. The European Union has been very successful in breaking down the barriers to trade within Europe and creating a huge business grouping and capital market. But the success in creating a single market has not yet translated into a single European foreign policy. That is not for want of trying, however. It must have been very heartening for France and Germany—who consider themselves to be the leaders of the European Union—to see the overwhelming majority of Europe’s population support their opposition to the Iraqi war.

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