Daniel Korski, ecfr.eu
It's anti-Europe season again in the United States. Once the season opens (usually from the second year of a presidential mandate), Cabinet officials and analysts start hunting Europeans. "They don't do enough. They don't fight enough." Their complaints go on and on.
In a speech last week, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said: "The demilitarisation of Europe - where large swaths of the general public and political class are averse to military force and the risks that go with it - has gone from a blessing in the 20th century to an impediment to achieving real security and lasting peace in the 21st." His views have been followed up by commentators. In Foreign Policy magazine, Andrew J Bacevich's ("Let Europe Be Europe") argued that the US should leave a dysfunctional NATO and hand the pacifist Europeans the remains of the Cold War alliance.
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