Sanctimonious irrelevancies

David Frum reminds us, in his National Review Online diary that the Schroeder government in Germany is fragile, having only squeaked to victory in last year’s election. However, any successor to Schroeder will probably be unable to tilt significantly in the direction of the U.S., inasmuch as it was the anti-Americanism of the German voting public that enabled Schroeder to prevail despite his lack of popularity. It is a mistake, in my opinion, to hold out much hope for a meaningful U.S. alliance with Germany or France in the short term. The only way the U.S. could likely get back on the good side of these two stalwarts of the former Western Europe would be to greatly diminish our military power and to adopt an essentially socialist economic model. Perhaps electing Jimmy Carter president would do the trick. Short of that, we may have to tolerate a cold spell in our relations with these two sanctimonious irrelevancies.

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