HOW WIDE IS THE ATLANTIC?
November 4, 2005
What should the United States do in the face of the widening policy gap with Europe?Several things, says historian Victor Davis Hanson. He recommends:
- Withdraw as many American troops from the Continent as is not injurious to the global responsibilities of the United States; that will remind the Europeans that anti-American rhetoric has consequences and the present relationship must end for both our sakes.
- Allow dissident Europeans to enjoy fast-track immigration to the United States; welcoming folks from Europe will send a powerful reminder to European elites that there were reasons their own people left their shores in the first place.
- Cultivate friendships with eastern European countries and encourage stronger relations with countries that have signaled shared interests with the United States -- like Britain, Denmark, Holland and Italy.
- Rely more on our ties with Japan, Taiwan, India and Australia -- whose democratic societies, confident populations and legitimate fears of a China armed by Europe equal our own.
Source: Victor Davis Hanson, "How Wide is the Atlantic?" American Enterprise, October-December 2005.
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