Saturday, February 26, 2005

In Germany -"Could Bush Be Right?"

Tom at Libertarian Leanings posted this. I found it quite interesting and worth checking out.
Europe warms to Bush
Opinion Journal carries an article that describes
an evolving
European attitude
toward George Bush.
Visits by U.S. Presidents to Europe
tend to have a template-making quality: Wilson, the peace maker, in Paris, 1919;
Truman, the victor, at Potsdam, 1945; Kennedy, the stalwart, in Berlin, 1963;
Reagan, the visionary, in Berlin, 1987. If President Bush's trip this week has
some kind of new theme, the word for it is probably conciliation. But our sense
is that Mr. Bush is really following in Reagan's footsteps.
Admittedly, this
thought is not original: Der Spiegel beat us to it. Still, it says something
that the leftish German newsweekly, which two years ago devoted an entire cover
story to advancing the "Blood for Oil" thesis about U.S. ambitions in the Middle
East, has gingerly raised the question, "Could Bush Be Right?"
"The Germany
Reagan was traveling in, much like today's Germany, was very skeptical of the
American president and his foreign policy," Der Spiegel writes. "When Reagan
stood before the Brandenburg Gate--and the Berlin Wall--and demanded that
Gorbachev 'tear down this Wall,' he was lampooned the next day on the editorial
pages. He is a dreamer, wrote commentators. . . . But history has shown that it
wasn't Reagan who was the dreamer as he voiced his demand. Rather, it was German
politicans who were lacking in imagination--a group who in 1987 couldn't imagine
that there might be an alternative to a divided Germany."

I haven't seen much talk of this in the MSM.

Just an observation.


At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, this sounds like it is mostly about Reagan. I haven't heard anything much about Bush's PR in Germany. Perhaps time will tell. I would hesitate to put Bush in the same category as Reagan at this time. Reagan got far with charm and charisma. I think Bush has neither. Though, he is a tenacious war monger!


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