2:05 AM

Francis -- I don't agree, not that I'm any kind of expert.

The 1948ish season of Marshall Plan, Bretton Woods & whatnot viewed the world in an arc beyond Congressional election cycles. Ditto for Woodrow Wilson's ideas of national self-determination and multi-lateralism (though both, especially the latter, were smacked around by a combination of politics and harsh reality). The role of democrat-spirited idealism (by definition a "long-term" concept) in the formulation of foreign policy should never be underestimated, in my view. It may not always dominate the debate, but it's always right there.

Posted by: Matt Welch at September 16, 2002 12:25 AM

Damn, I wish Nick would hook some comment system to his blog. Two more areas in American Euro-views that need correction:
- the blaming of whatever they dislike on the mythical elite (a mysterious group of powerful people that is conveniently never further defined) has reached pathological proportions; it stinks of conspiracy theory.
- the UK is either part of Europe or consciously left out as an exception according to whatever argument is to be proved. There is no consistency at all. It's time to realize that Tony Blair alone makes most of the difference; because when you look at polls or at the press, the UK and the continent look strikingly alike.

Posted by: Chris K at September 16, 2002 03:20 PM

I won't bother readinte any more until he has comments capability. If he's going to be provacative and offer admiration of Ted Turner and make glib and unsubstantiated criticisms of icky Americans who, if he would take the trouble to listen to their comments, aren't "anti-Euro" at all. Most of the complaints directed at Europe's policy makers from America are coming from ideologically engaged conservatives- a small group of people compared to the rest of us at large in this great big country. Sure, the Weekly Standard and their ilk doesn't like French or German politicians, but then they don't like very much of anything.

Posted by: Greg at September 17, 2002 01:35 AM
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