By Philip Gordon, Jeremy Shapiro
A radical research of the place U.S./European family members have long gone wrong--and easy methods to set them correct ALLIES AT battle is the 1st and such a lot accomplished evaluation of what went flawed among the United States and Europe in the course of the hindrance over Iraq and is predicated on huge interviews with policymakers within the usa and Europe. It places the difficulty over Iraq in ancient context by way of studying US-Europe relatives due to the fact that international warfare II and indicates how the alliance commonly controlled to beat its many inner problems and crises. It describes how the deep strategic variations that emerged on the finish of the chilly battle and the disputes over the Balkans and the center East through the Clinton years already had a few analysts wondering no matter if the Alliance may live on. It exhibits how the Bush administration’s unilateral international relations and world-view helped convey already simmering tensions to a boil, and describes extensive the occasions major as much as the Iraq concern of 2003. Gordon and Shapiro clarify how robust forces such emerging American strength and the September eleven terrorist assaults have made kinfolk among the USA and Europe more and more tough. however the authors argue that the break up over Iraq was once now not inevitable: it used to be the results of erroneous judgements and pointless provocations on each side. opposite to the normal knowledge that says that the Iraq struggle signaled the powerful finish of the Atlantic Alliance, the authors warn that assuming the tip of the Alliance may perhaps fast turn into a self-fulfilling prophesy: leaving the USA remoted, resented, and liable for bearing the burdens of conserving overseas defense mostly on my own. in keeping with those that argue that the Atlantic Alliance isn't any longer conceivable or helpful, ALLIES AT struggle demonstrates that even after Iraq, the U.S. and Europe can interact, and certainly needs to in the event that they desire to successfully deal with the main urgent difficulties of our age. The e-book makes concrete proposals for restoring transatlantic kin and updating the alliance to fulfill new demanding situations like international terrorism and the transformation of an risky heart East.
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But where we can’t join consensus, because of our own beliefs, or because we believe a particular issue and the direction it’s going with others does not serve the purpose intended by that action, the United States will stick to its principled position. . The President is that kind of leader. He speaks clearly, he speaks directly, and he makes sure people know what he believes in. And then he tries to persuade others that is the correct position. When it does not work, then we will take the position we believe is correct, and I hope the Europeans are left with a better understanding of the way in which we want to do business.
Indeed, until the beginning of the Korean War in June 1950, American leaders continued to worry about gaining support for a permanent involvement in Europe. That involvement could only be sold to the public by persuading Americans that, in Truman’s words, their very “way of life” was at stake. S. support for European integration, and the foundation of the Atlantic alliance itself—that were intended to commit the United States irrevocably to Europe. They represented a conscious decision to reconstruct an economically competitive but interdependent Europe that could aid the United States in the struggle against the Soviet Union, demonstrating a willingness to subordinate parochial economic interests to shared geopolitical goals, specifically the integration of Germany and the containment of the Soviet Union.
France denounced the air strikes and shortly thereafter withdrew from participation in the northern no-fly zone, claiming that Washington and London had moved the operation beyond its original humanitarian purpose. In mid-1997 the Iraqis stepped up their challenge to the UN inspections and began systematic efforts to harass UN inspectors. The United States responded both by threatening force against Iraq if it did not comply with its obligations and by attempting to rally support in the UN Security Council for a tougher approach.
Allies At War: America, Europe and the Crisis Over Iraq by Philip Gordon, Jeremy Shapiro