Thursday, November 04, 2004

Depends on what you mean by 'ally'

U.S. Allies Welcome Bush Re-Election

In Europe, French President Jacques Chirac sent a congratulatory letter saying he hoped Bush's second term "will be the occasion for strengthening the French-American friendship."

"We will be unable to find satisfying responses to the numerous challenges that confront us today without a close trans-Atlantic partnership," wrote Chirac.

Correct, Jack - you will be unable to find those responses. On the other hand, we've been finding them with trans-Atlantic partnerships, trans-Pacific partnerships, and transcontinental partnerships of every stripe. You're welcome to bring along a truffle-hunting pig if you promise not to make it soil the carpet, but release the delusion that a trans-Atlantic partnership of necessity must include France. Those days have passed.

Election interest in Europe was intense, as was the disappointment many felt over Bush's victory.

"There is a major and lasting lack of understanding between the American people and the rest of the world, in both directions," said Hubert Vedrine, a former French foreign minister. "Almost all nations, with perhaps three or four exceptions, wanted change."

Funny how it's all so mutual, huh? Take for example the intense disappointment that many feel over Europe; with perhaps three or four exceptions, we'd like to see them change.


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