Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Withdrawal from the world?

Yep, that's what's happening with US policy about right now. Read all about it here.

How did our analyst reach this conclusion? President Bush has decided to redeploy some military assets.

Apparently this threatens the writer, who is described as follows:
The writer, senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, served as deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs from 1997 to 2000. The views here are his own.
Now things are making sense. He's a Democrat, because he served under Bill Clinton. So of course he'll spew the party line for John Kerry.

He's also highly Eurocentric, because that's the focus of the German Marshall Fund.

And some of those redeployed assets and their corresponding spending will be leaving Germany. Ouch! Despite the high-minded claims, I'm betting that the Germans were expecting an ongoing return on the assets they used to establish the GMF, and although there are differences of opinion on the severity of the impact on the German economy, the transitions will cause some disruption.

Is President Bush doing the right thing? We won't know for some time to come. In the meantime the article cited should be recognized not as honest critique, but as yet another partisan hit piece.

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