America the Difficult

Did George W. Bush and his foreign policy team come into office determined to drive America's allies crazy, or could they just not help themselves? This is the question many of those allies are asking. Europeans, in particular, have reacted to the new Administration's cannonade of decisions, declarations and denunciations as though, in the 100-plus days of the Bush presidency, America has become as a nation much as Lord Byron was described by a lover: "Mad, bad and dangerous to know."

The question of intentions is all the more poignant because Bush promised to do what Bill Clinton...

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