An issue that hasn’t received much attention in the American media is the fact that Obama used his European visit to throw open the EU borders – a move that Sarkozy has been fighting for years. Presumably, the issue was overshadowed here at home by his pitch for opening America’s borders with talk of legalizing illegal aliens.
Sarkozy said on Charlie Rose’s PBS program a couple of years ago that he’s against including Turkey – one the world’s largest Muslim countries – in the EU because they’re already having enough trouble integrating Europe without including Asia Minor. It would be like erasing the border completely between the USA and Mexico, giving everyone the same passport, and telling them they can all legally work, live, and travel anywhere.
Then something wonderful happened for humanity: Barack Obama was elected President of the World, and erased all cultural and geographic boundaries between Turkey and Europe: “Turkey is bound to Europe by more than bridges over the Bosporus. Centuries of shared history, culture and commerce bring you together. And Turkish membership would broaden and strengthen Europe's foundation once more."
It’s like Obama’s speechwriter mated Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall, Gorby!” speech with JFK’s “Eich Bin Ein Berliner”, and came up with, “Hey, You’re All Turks, Man, So What’s The Deal With Borders?” Obama ought to know better, if he was dealing in substance. He was just at the NATO meeting in Strasbourg where the Turks nearly scuttled the nomination of a new Secretary General from Denmark because a few years ago some cartoonist over there drew a depiction of prophet Mohammed that launched the usual response of Islamic performance art involving fire and rage. As far as countries go, Turkey seems pretty high maintenance.
And Sarkozy isn’t alone in his frustrations. Bavarian EU Parliament member, Bernd Posselt, told Germany’s Der Spiegel, “The EU is not Obama's plaything…He should accept Turkey as America's 51st state instead.”
Even Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who took over the rotating EU presidency from Sarkozy in recent months, is calling Obama’s policies “socialist”. He told Agence France Presse this week: “The same chimera of equality, which we rejected with the fall of communism, is taking hold again.”
For anyone thinking that governments don’t always represent the level of support among their people – Klaus enjoys a 58% (and rising) popularity rating according to a poll released this week. And while Sarkozy’s numbers remain steady, largely due to a strategic mix of bone-tossing symbolic leftism on things like “climate change” and meaningful right-wing reforms, France still largely supports his views vis-à-vis Turkey’s inclusion in the EU.
Congratulations, America. You now have a leader who’s officially more European than what even Europe will tolerate.