Ganging Up on Gulliver

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Bush, with German troops, gave the U.S. military even more money

People don't like power when it's not theirs, and they like it even less when they keep falling behind. This is the underlying dynamic that drives Europe's discomfort about the United States: a widening gap between No. 1 and the rest. How is it articulated? The script is practically boilerplate. In polite government circles, the mantra is "unilateralism." Translation: "Those Americans throw their weight around. They respect neither treaties nor traditions. They don't care about their allies unless they need some special forces for Tora Bora. They bestride the world as if it were the Rose Garden of the White House...

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