Wednesday, September 7, 2005
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So how's the transatlantic divide going?
Some of the more interesting results highlighted in the press release:
Click here to view all of the topline results. One interesting finding that should temper concerns about a European desire for superpower status: when asked whether "a more powerful European Union should compete or cooperate with the US," 80% of Europeans in the big seven countries say "cooperate" -- and those numbers are higher in France and Germany. [Yeah, but don't forget to mention that only a bare plurality of Americians believe that a European superpower actually would cooperate--ed.]posted by Dan on 09.07.05 at 11:12 AM
Cooperation is a good thing. The US pays for the military and does the bulk of the fighting and dying - the Germans man the war crime tribunals and incarcerates the Yankee war criminals afterward.
Sounds good to me!posted by: Don on 09.07.05 at 11:12 AM [permalink]
You mean like in the liberation of Kuwait when others reembursed the US for virtually all of the US costs of the war?
Or do you mean like in Afghanistan where the Europeans are playing a major role and absorbing much of the expense?posted by: spencer on 09.07.05 at 11:12 AM [permalink]
There is no question that we provided a military umbrella for Western Europe during the Cold War, guaranteeing their security and essentially subsidizing their economies because they could pursue lower military expenditures than would have been needed had the Western European nations had to face the Soviets alone. But, this arrangement was greatly to our advantage and proved to be one of the best investments ever made by the USA. In addition, during the last couple of decades of the Cold War, we had professional armed forces and many of the European nations continued to have mass conscription, which from a moral perspective is a much larger commitment than just spending more money.posted by: Roger Albin on 09.07.05 at 11:12 AM [permalink]
This poll may be seriouly compromised in the aftermath of the hurricane crisis response.posted by: Robert M on 09.07.05 at 11:12 AM [permalink]
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