A View from America: Tactical Unity, Strategic Divide
Le Monde’s declaration ‘We are all Americans now’ remains one of the most iconic expressions of transatlantic unity in the wake of 11 September 2001. Yet, that spirit of fraternité soon gave way to feelings of mutual frustration; it wasn’t long before articles in US journals began appearing with titles like ‘The case against Europe’, ‘Estranged partners’ and ‘Anti-Europeanism in America’, while European papers asked ‘Has the US lost its way? Does everybody hate America?’ Only two years after the horrific attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a Eurobarometer poll indicated that 53 per cent of EU residents thought the United States itself was a ‘threat’ to world peace — indeed, as menacing as Iran and North Korea. By March 2004, favourable opinions of the United States had dropped to 58 per cent in Britain, 38 per cent in Germany, and 37 per cent in France, while positive American views of these European allies had declined as well — especially toward Germany and France.2
KeywordsForeign Policy Foreign Relation Tactical Level National Security Council European Ally
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