Saturday, November 17, 2007
Our new friends in Europe!
Iraq is doing well and our alliances are not in disarray. In fact, Pres. Bush is actually developing some very strong relationships in places that will surprise you.
Our alliances not in disarray (Someone better tell Democrats) By Charles Krauthammer won't make Keith Oberman's Countdown but it should:
"The Democrats are living in what Bob Woodward would call a state of denial.
Do they not notice anything?
France has a new president who is breaking not just with the anti-Americanism of the Chirac era but with 50 years of Fifth Republic orthodoxy that defined French greatness as operating in counterpoise to America.
Nicolas Sarkozy’s trip last week to the United States was marked by a highly successful White House visit and a rousing speech to Congress in which he not only called America “the greatest nation in the world” but pledged solidarity with the U.S. on Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, the Middle East and nuclear nonproliferation.
This just a few months after he sent his foreign minister to Iraq to signal an openness to cooperation and an end to Chirac’s obstructionism.
In Germany, Gerhard Schroeder is long gone, voted out of office and into a cozy retirement as Putin’s concubine at Gazprom. His successor is the decidedly pro-American Angela Merkel, who concluded a warm visit with Bush this week.
All this, beyond the ken of Democrats, is duly noted by new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who noted “the great change that is taking place,” namely “that France and Germany and the European Union are also moving more closely with America.”
As for our other traditional alliances, relations with Australia are very close, and Canada has shown remarkable steadfastness in taking disproportionate casualties in supporting the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Eastern European nations, traditionally friendly, are taking considerable risks on behalf of their U.S. alliance. And ties with Japan have never been stronger.
So much for the disarray of our alliances."
Like with Iraq, the Democrats are invested in a certain narrative. Frankly, it's too late for them to change.
Here is the key line in the article:
"Alliances are always shifting. But one thing we can say with certainty: The event that will have more effect than any other on the strength of our alliances worldwide is not another Karen Hughes outreach to the Muslim world, not an ostentatious embrace of Kyoto or even the most abject embrace of internationalism from the podium of the UN. It is success or failure in Iraq."
Based on recent statements, there are a lot of allies in Europe cheering for success in Iraq.
Gone are the days of Chirac and Schroeder! We should be happy about that!
As for the "doom and gloom" Democrats, they live in a world where everybody hates Pres. Bush, the economy is horrible, the sky is falling, the poles are melting, the bears are dying, the birds are dropping off the sky, the bridges are collapsing, everybody is unhappy and misery is all around. It must be sad to be so unhappy when there are so many reasons to be happy!
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