Tuesday, April 11, 2006

When will Iran be taught a "lesson" on modern weaponry?

"I know here in Washington prevention means force," George W. Bush said in response to an audience question on dealing with "axis of Evil" country Iran. It was after a speech at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

"It doesn't mean force, necessarily. In this case, it means diplomacy. And by the way, I read the articles in the newspapers this weekend. It was just wild speculation, by the way. What you're reading is wild speculation, which . . . happens quite frequently here in the nation's capital."

What is interesting about this exchange is the fact that Bush does not deny the substance of Seymour Hersh's story in the New Yorker.

With the election of Romano Prodi as the next prime minister in Italy it is to be hoped that the EU will gain new strenghth, so it can distance itself from this adventurist American foreign policy. Prodi has promised to withdraw Italian forces from Iraq. His coalition of parties contains elements that are very sceptical of the way the US administers its global leadership. A truly united Europe might become a stronger force in international politics than the US. That would mean adopting an independent line vis a vis the Americans.


Blogger Sophia said...

Italy is a big player in the EU but even bigger is Germany and rgiht now German'y chancellor have made very friendly moves towards the US and israel and she is ,I think, One of those who advocated cutting aid to the PA.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Duck said...


You're right. Germany has a conservative chancellor, and it is a bigger player. But Italy is also a big player, and the country has had practically no EU policy under Berlusconi. Prodi was president of the European Commission. He is in favour of the European social model as distinct from anglo-American capitalism. And he has promised to withdraw Italian troops from Iraq.

9:44 PM  

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