How to Lose Friends and Alienate Allies

At some point Europe will probably just think of 2016 and what lies ahead.. chances are that both a Clinton or a Jeb Bush will pay more attention to western allies.. and in some ways a more active diplomatic and political (but not necessarily military) role in geopolitics would demand a closer attention to the Atlantic relations..

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/06/30/why_the_obama_administration_is_making_europe_miss_george_w_bush

How to Lose Friends and Alienate Allies
Why America’s friends in Europe are wishing for the good old days of George W. Bush.

The Obama administration has achieved a landmark heretofore considered impossible: they are making America’s allies homesick for the administration of George W. Bush. This week, news broke that Poland’s foreign minister was caught on tape earlier this year disparaging the United States. Radek Sikorski bitterly said Warsaw’s ties to Washington were “worthless,” then followed it up with some even saltier language. It’s actually a measure of America’s importance that the surreptitious recording caused a sensation, forcing Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to face a confidence vote in Parliament. The indiscretion will probably cost Sikorski his prospects for the job of EU foreign policy chief. But he’s not wrong about America.

 

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