Viewpoint: Don't You Forget About Us

memo to: George W. Bush

from: Your European Allies

re: The Atlantic Relationship

Mr. president, your administration is going to face a stiffer breeze from across the Atlantic--happily not right away, but sometime in the spring. By then, you will have filled all staff slots, position papers will have been leaked to the press and your European counterparts, eager to break bread with you in the White House, will have come and gone. So what are the problems?

First, the affinities and atmospherics. Bill Clinton was blessed with a unique ideological constellation. In his second...

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