This book explains the opening of the great political rift between
America and Old Europe in 2002-03. Following the wave of solidarity
with America in 2001, most of America's European allies
enthusiastically joined the war in Afghanistan but for some of them
enthusiasm soon gave way to pacifist reactions to the American
switch from the common war on terrorism to regime change in Iraq,
to American rejection of international treaties and to hostility to
the UN. The evolution of American foreign policy from earlier
multilateralism to the neo-conservative unilateralism of the Bush
administration thus arose hostility in some of America's
traditional allies, among them France and Germany. French and
German public opinion polls, media opinion, and the context of past
foreign policy supply the background for this analysis in a year of
major parliamentary elections in both countries in 2002.
Early in 2003, the Euro-American estrangement led to an open break
as Washington plunged ahead, overriding UN and allied support for
weapons inspections in Iraq, to launch a blitzkrieg operation
against Saddam Hussein. Ultimately The Distracted Eagle analyses
how this decision combined with the rejection of Kyoto and other
international treaties, all clearly related to the conservative
Republican revolution in domestic policies, widened the rift by
undermining the role of America as a democratic model. The book
ends with a critical assessment of the 2000 presidential elections
and its significance for America's leadership abroad.
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||Contemporary Security Studies
Peter H. Merkl
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