The past few weeks have seen a number of momentous developments formalized by four highly publicized international events. If, at the moment, we can only guess what these developments will ultimately portend, their potentially far-reaching implications demand that all of us, at the very least, ?watch this space.?
First, there was the European Union (EU) summit that hammered out what passes for agreement to a new European Constitution by the various member countries? heads of government. The final document was achieved after years of wrangling thanks to prose that was, in key places, sufficiently impenetrable as to allow the British government (among others) to declare that national sovereignty had been preserved.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. The European Constitution is largely the product of a long-running Franco-German campaign to construct an economic, political and strategic rival to the United States. That can only be accomplished by garrotting the freedom Britain and the recently admitted states of Central and Eastern (a.k.a. ?New?) Europe have so recently displayed ? to the enormous displeasure and disdain of Paris and Berlin ? in forging their own relationships with this country and self-determined policies towards things like the liberation of Iraq.
To be sure, Prime Minister Tony Blair manfully asserts that he has retained the sovereign rights that have made possible a U.S.-U.K. ?special relationship? independent from Continental Europe. The EU Constitution?s creation of a European Foreign Minister and ?Common Foreign and Security Policy,? however, are intended to ? and will, inexorably, if not immediately ? preclude the sorts of military cooperation, intimate intelligence-sharing and strategic partnership that have made the Anglo-American relationship special. America?s best hope is that the sort of revulsion for Europe uber alles suggested by recent voting for the European Parliament will result in the Constitution?s rejection in upcoming national referenda by Brits and others who cherish truly representative and accountable government, and close ties to their exemplar, America.
The second meeting of note was President Bush?s summit with EU leaders in Ireland. While the participants engaged in much discussion there of Iraq, trade and other issues, the most significant result of the meeting may have been an agreement to ensure that Europe?s Galileo navigation system does not interfere with the frequencies used by America?s Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system.
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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