Condoleeza Rice made the rounds in Europe last week. After
bread was broken and wine was drunk, Dr Rice was seen shaking
a foreign minister's hand here, smiling at a European President
there. Then, she announced that Americans and Europeans should
start mending fences.
Maybe the brie was wonderful. And I'm sure the pate was excellent.
But apparently, modern conservative diplomacy involves asking
our Secretary of State to swallow some pretty rotten European
Certainly, Dr. Rice knows her stuff. She spent a lifetime
studying the world, and she's got plenty of experience dealing
with these jokers. George W. Bush trusts her, and she's implementing
But something tells me that despite our diplomatic graciousness,
we have missed a fantastic chance to set the world straight.
It's obvious to anyone whose brain pulses enough juice to
twizzle a 25-watt bulb, that the Iraq war has effectively exposed
a very corrupt European (and to some degree, American liberal)
leadership. Willing to trade on anti-American jingoism for
votes, the oil-for-food scandal has extended deeply across
the globe, particularly into France, Germany, Russia and now
Italy. Shell companies, brothers, sons, friends, back-slapping,
inter-continental money laundering and Swiss bank accounts
are cropping up like mushrooms in a manure closet. Up to their
neck in stank, these nations refused to support America when
the world had a golden chance, in fact a golden obligation,
to free 28 million innocents from an evil Saddam Hussein and
pry the greatest oil reserves from the hands of a madman into
the free market. Instead, America has fought this fight without
their corruption-hindered help.
Yet President Bush never took them to the woodshed. And he
should have. America was in a very patriotic mood after 9-11
and Afghanistan. But the Iraq war has its nagging doubts, inspired
by Old European resistance and domestic leftist abdication.
Bush could have battered the Europeans into submission or embarrassment
for their corruption. An exposed Europe would have been fabulous
fodder in an election year, creating a large margin of reelection
victory and pushing the increasingly bizarre Democrat party
into obsolescence. Europeans would have been hard pressed to
explain themselves. Bush would have emerged stronger. And after
all, what did he have to lose? It's not like his good manners
brought French soldiers rushing to the front lines of Fallujah.
Instead, look at the world map. Our army is stretched to the
limit tackling terrorists in Iraq. Facing nothing more than
a perpetually blathering contingent of German, British and
French negotiators, a frisky Iran defiantly insults the world
with their nuclear program. Syria is barely concerned as well.
Saudi Arabia is a seething cauldron. And the North Korean nutcase
is ranting again, admitting to a nuclear weapons cache.
It could have been different.
If Bush had opened the doors to European corruption and smacked
them down for this shameful sell-out, the proposed fence-mending
could have been done from an entirely different dynamic. Instead
of Dr Rice offering the olive branch, Europeans would have
come to the American table with an apology in hand, having
been rendered untrustworthy global pimps.
The opportunity was lost.
And what an opportunity! Although Europe's own brush with
totalitarian enslavement was beaten back with American blood,
this disgusting lack of courage could have been trumpeted as
nothing less than a complete moral and ethical sell-out. But
the Europeans never paid the price for their insolence!
And what did we gain by sucking up? Nothing.
That can't be good for America. Will future potential allies
now ride the diplomatic fence? Will untrustworthy "friends" seek
further rewards for their corruption? Will future enemies be
deterred? Encouraged? That's a lot of unanswered questions,
balancing on a diplomatic razors edge.
A nice slap across the face would have done much good to put
those corrupt nations in place.
But despite our polite deference, and no matter what Americans
do, it seems Europeans still can't forgive Americans for saving
them from the Nazis. Well, it's certainly European nature to
cover up fascist goals and national corruption with pathological