Old Allies

Economist.com | Europe and America The Economist seems to understand the reason so many in America were angry with Europe last year: obstructionism. Even when we have made mistakes in the past – Vietnam could be considered one, though it did have the effect of destroying a lot of Soviet infrastructure and contributed to their downfall – Europe looked the other way and let us do what we wanted....
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D-Day Remembered

CNN.com – Bush: America would do it again – Jun 6, 2004 It’s sad to think that this ten-year anniversary will be the last that a good number of the actual veterans of the Normandy invasion will be able to attend. Facing that kind of peril took enormous courage and these vets are entitled to any and all recognition we can give them before they pass on. With it being D-Day and all, I’m...
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Mark Twain On Europe

The Transplanted Texan Yep, nothing new under the sun. Hating Europe – and being hated by her – is as old as our country. It’s a tradition dating back through P.J. O’Rourke all the way back to Mark Twain, at least. Are we indeed going to lose Spain’s respect? Is there no way to avoid this calamity – or this compliment? Are we going to lose her respect because we have made a promise...
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No Permanent Allies, Only Permanent Interests

IHT: Politicus: Europe in for a letdown if it’s counting on Kerry If Joe Biden is this disturbed over Europe, it’s unlikely Europe will be much happier with Kerry. They will be somewhat happier — and their criticisms more muted — but ultimately Kerry will be answerable to the American people and we are very different from Europe. Take the recent Spanish Capitulation. It’s...
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An Interesting Read

OpinionJournal: The Truth About 3/11: This is no time to hand the terrorists a victory. Outgoing PM Aznar of Spain has written a good editorial on why it’s essential that we not give in to terrorists. The Spanish electorate made a short-term miscalculation in getting rid of him and hopefully they will change their minds. I would hate to spend the rest of my life surrendering to al Qaeda every...
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An Interesting Read

OpinionJournal: The Truth About 3/11: This is no time to hand the terrorists a victory. Outgoing PM Aznar of Spain has written a good editorial on why it’s essential that we not give in to terrorists. The Spanish electorate made a short-term miscalculation in getting rid of him and hopefully they will change their minds. I would hate to spend the rest of my life surrendering to al Qaeda every...
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Eurosclerosis Defined

The European Predicament (washingtonpost.com) If there’s ever been an argument in favor of entitlements reform, it can be summed up in one word: Europe. Their economy is so saddled with regulations and has such a large fiscal burden that they can’t grow, even in relatively prosperous times. Party hats come out if unemployment drops below 8%. Without entitlements reform, that’s what...
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German Tax Reform

WSJ.com – Schroeder’s Moment of Truth I haven’t had the time or energy to blog much this weekend, and when I have it’s been poorly written. Just not into it. However, there are a few articles I’ve been meaning to blog on an I’ll just provide an excerpt and a brief comment. More good news out of Germany. Hard to believe there’s a country with a more complex...
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Ripping Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

WSJ.com – Euro Vision Europe should be celebrating. Some internal difficulties aside — their economies aren’t sufficiently integrated and the single currency is causing some discomfort — the euro is a smashing success. Yes, a strong euro will make European exports more expensive. It also shows that other central banks and investors are willing to buy the euro in lieu of dollars....
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Prosperity In Ireland

WSJ.com – Ireland Shows ‘New Europe’ The Way Another issue of interest lately, on this blog anyway, is the EU and how it will perform economically. When the draft of the EU constitution was released several months ago I nearly wretched as I read through. It seems focused more on positive rights — in other words, maintaining their welfare states — than the protection of...
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