Sunday, January 18, 2004

The Bush Legacy

This is only one of many horrible blunders that the worst President in American history will be noted for: the incredible weakening of the greatest alliance in modern times. This story is about our defense alliance, but the economic impact will probably be the greatest downside of our deteriorating relationship with our European allies. The EU will replace the US as the world's greatest economic engine and will increasingly be looked to as such, in large part because of its willingness to see the world in more global terms, as well as its willingness to take care of its citizens' education and health needs.

Time Europe defended itself -EU military official

SALEN, Sweden, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The European Union's top military official suggested on Sunday that American and European forces should be responsible for their own territorial defence and only cooperate on major crises outside their regions.

Finnish general, Gustav Hagglund, who is chairman of the EU's military committee, told a defence conference it was time Europe shouldered the defence of the continent itself.

"The American and the European pillars (of NATO) would be responsible for their respective territorial defences, and would together engage in crisis management outside their own territories," Hagglund told the conference in Salen, 450 km (280 miles) northwest of Stockholm.

"My prediction is that this will happen within the next decade," he told a news conference later.

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