I was asked to give my opinion of Mr. Bushs’ visit to Europe.
There were several times during Bushs’ tour when I considered posting something… but each time I took a step back and thought, “Has anything changed”?
And every time the answer was the same…. no.
There was so much talk about how Bush and Rice (does rice grow on bushes? would it be called a Rice Bush… ooooh, stop! Damn, where is my mind today)
Sorry… as I was saying, there was lots of talk about the US Administration “making nice” with Europe. But as far as I could tell it was just lip service on both sides. While things may not be nearly as acrimonious as they were in 2003/04 I think it is still clear that Bush, and his new mouthpiece Condi, have not changed. And neither have the Europeans.
Iran and Syria are now turning out to be the new Iraq. With the same players… exccept this time Britain is on the EUs’ side.
I also heard an interesting opinion of one reporter who was in Germany when George H. W. Bush visited in 1990. He was greeted by thousands of well-wishers and waving flags. His son, however, was greeted with completely deserted streets.
I don’t see Bushs’ visit as having changed anything. France, Britain and Germany will continue to push for diplomatic over military action for Iran. Russia will continue to supply missiles to Syria and Nuclear technology to Iran. Putin will also continue on his path of consolidating power in his country. The EU will eventually drop the embargo against China and open the flood gates to trade between the EU and the most populous country, and fastest growing economy in the world, leaving the US in the dust wishing.
What this trip to Europe has told me is that the US Presidents new “Mandate” means nothing in terms of getting the Europeans to subscribe to the Bush way of thinking. There will be continued tension as the EU evolves and molds into one voice and the US continues to push its’ “our way or the highway” mentality.
Oh, and I should add… as confirmation, Russia and Iran signed a deal on Sunday for Russia to supply Iran with nuclear fuel for its’ newly built Russian Nuclear reactor at Bushehr.