Fri Sep 8th, 2006 at 05:07:04 AM EST
Prompted by this comment from wchurchill
any reason Europe can't clean up its own mess, without involving US bombing or troops?
it strikes me that it might be useful for us to have a look at the mutual military and diplomatic history between Europe and the US over the last fifty years or so, including as much of the stuff that happened behind closed doors as we now have access to.
There is an oft-expressed US view that Europe freeloads off US military might. There is a complementary view that says that the US has worked to ensure that Europe was not capable of independent military action. I think it needs teasing out.
This is about NATO, the cold war - and what happened afterwards - countries that were forbidden to act outside their own borders until recently and political and economic pressure applied to ensure US military dominance.