So much for our 'frayed' alliances
Charles KrauthammerThe Washington Post
It’s become an article of faith among Democrats that George Bush has left America internationally “reviled and isolated,” said Charles Krauthammer. But just take a look at the state of our alliances. France’s new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has broken with his country’s reflexive “anti-Americanism” and pledged solidarity with the U.S. on Afghanistan, the Middle East, and nuclear nonproliferation. “Canada has shown remarkable steadfastness” in Afghanistan, where it has suffered many casualties as part of the NATO mission. Eastern European nations are taking great risks on behalf of their U.S. alliance, cooperating on missile defense despite Russian saber-rattling. “Ties with Japan have never been stronger.” How could this be? The rise of Islamic terrorism and Iran, China’s explosive growth, and Russia’s U-turn toward dictatorship have the world’s weaker nations feeling nervous. “Weaker nations turn to the great outside power to help them balance a rising regional threat.” In the end, alliances between nations are not based on affection, or universal agreement, but on need. And in a world of predators, free nations in both hemispheres still require the protection only the United States can provide.