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Philip Stephens has a fluff opinion piece on the Europe-US alliance, Merkel's relationship with the US and how the security of the "American homeland" is going to be the "first, second and third" priority of any incoming US President, just as it is Bush's. He also opines:
And, for all the genuine clashes of strategic culture, the mutuality of interests and values between America and Europe far outweighs the differences.
Of course, he doesn't explain what those mutual interests are, or how they are specially shared with the US rather than Russia or China or whoever. That's a given.
The conclusion of this paragraph is that "the security of the American homeland" is a key European value. Go figure.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 27th, 2007 at 04:52:05 AM EST
Or more accurately, the illusion of security for the American Homeland.

The Cold War arms race was largely manufactured from outright lies about Soviet nuclear capabilities. (Nothing new to see - move along please...) The Soviets had bombs, but they didn't have nearly as many bombs as intelligence analysts stated they did. With accurate intelligence the pace of the Cold War would have been much slower and the threat of total nuclear wipe-out much lower.

There's something truly psychotic at the heart of the US establishment. It's not as insane as Stalin and Hitler were, but it seems to suffer from a milder form of the same sociopathy - albeit directed more towards siphoning tax money towards military adventurism than rounding up millions of civilians into camps.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Apr 27th, 2007 at 06:20:02 AM EST
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Oh, the camps are on standby.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 27th, 2007 at 06:23:41 AM EST
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They'll be used for the illegal immigrants first in the case of a severe economic contraction in the US, or perhaps even more likely, serious unrest in Mexico leading to mass migration. As 40% of Mexican government revenue relies on the Cantarell Complex, they are in big trouble.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Sat Apr 28th, 2007 at 01:45:23 AM EST
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