When the Americans believe to control Europe… - commentaires When the Americans believe to control Europe… 2008-08-11T14:09:36Z https://mobile.taurillon.org/When-the-Americans-believe-to-control-Europe#comment5177 2008-08-11T14:09:36Z <p>I would like to know just what your definition of « anti-Americanism » is..? For one, there is such a thing as constructive and good faith criticism of American foreign policies and actions. I do this in spades, and I am not a supporter of Fidel Castro or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran...</p> <p>It was RIGHT for Europeans to stand up against CIA renditions. It was RIGHT for Europeans to criticize the conduct of the so-called « war on terrorism. » It was RIGHT for Europeans to criticize « gitmo » and open -ended imprisonment of « combatants. » There is a needed time and place for free speech and thought that is critical of America - that does not render the speaker as a « hater of America » and in the same boat as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.</p> <p>The term « anti-American » has been applied to Americans that are critical of their own government, including this American here. The term « anti-Americanism, » from my experience, is more like calling a speaker a « crackpot » and intended to chill any speech that is critical of American foreign policies, cultural policies, like the death penalty, including those that are of good faith and intended to be constructive.</p> <p>So, when the term « anti-Americaism » is used is any context, please let people know what you mean. Otherwise, this is name -calling and not acceptable part of civil discourse.</p> <p>ESLaPorte - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - USA</p> When the Americans believe to control Europe… 2008-04-06T15:13:10Z https://mobile.taurillon.org/When-the-Americans-believe-to-control-Europe#comment4135 2008-04-06T15:13:10Z <p>I disagree : the United States have a foreign policy and it is the right and the duty of its governement to let its allies know about it. The events mentionned in this article seem to be just another episode of the anti-americain paranoia that has spread in Europe since the sometime unwise policies of the Bush administration.</p> <p>It is strange to believe that the argument that Europe should be built against its main ally and partner may be relevant at all.</p> When the Americans believe to control Europe… 2008-04-06T06:40:05Z https://mobile.taurillon.org/When-the-Americans-believe-to-control-Europe#comment4134 2008-04-06T06:40:05Z <p><i>"The diplomatic corps of the United States could not have been allowed to send the same type of “recommendations” if the European Union were a true political union."</i></p> <p>I think that this is a crucial point that you make in your article. I think this statement would resonate more if it read : the United States would not have been <strong>able</strong> to send the same type of recommendations if the EU were a true political union.</p> <p>Frankly, I do not believe that it is appropriate for anyone to kick and scream about how the American government is to blame for "meddling" in the affairs of a foreign government via a memo. This reaction is not unlike a person who leaves their bag unattended and then complains upon coming back from the bathroom only to find it has been stolen. Put another way, no one involved in the diplomatic debacle benefits by claiming victim status. Instead, this incident should simply go further to motivate Europe to stand up and assume its role as a global leader now, rather than later.</p> <p>I think the underlying lesson learned from this "scandal" is this : the European confederation is still in its infancy and unable to hold its own politically until there is a more stable working framework : namely, a Constitution. Until this level of coherence is attained and a true pan-European foreign policy is adopted, the American government cannot deal with the European Union as a peer. Rather, the US diplomatic corps will attempt to treat some members of the EU as subjugates, just as it always has.</p> <p>That's the bad news. Here's the good : this will all change when Europe puts forth a clear Constitution, a foreign policy minister, and a true EU President - all of whom endowed by its Member States with inalienable authority over affairs of state. I cannot speak for others, but I, for one, and impatiently awaiting the day when this goal is realized.</p> When the Americans believe to control Europe… 2008-04-04T17:59:24Z https://mobile.taurillon.org/When-the-Americans-believe-to-control-Europe#comment4133 2008-04-04T17:59:24Z <p>Wow. This is an important story. Thanks for publishing it. I can't believe no major newspapers outside of Slovenia picked it up. I've written about it on my own blog now too.</p> When the Americans believe to control Europe… 2008-02-29T17:57:08Z https://mobile.taurillon.org/When-the-Americans-believe-to-control-Europe#comment3971 2008-02-29T17:57:08Z <p>What is troubling is the lack of concern from European leaders and institutions as to the seriousness of the Americans' meddling in the EU presidency. This appears to be about the same lack of concern with regard to the CIA renditions of some for torture in other countries and other gross violations of human rights by Americans on European soil. In the case of the Americans meddling in the EU presidency there is no concern, no investigation and especially no plan or policy to prevent this from happening again. There is no plan to have a independent European presidency that is not given over to the meddling and arm-twisting of a third nation, like the US.</p> <p>What should also shock you is the reaction of the Slovenian Foreign Ministry to the leak of this information (link below) :</p> <blockquote class="spip"> <p>"Dr Rupel, who immediately ordered an investigation into the leak, did not deny the existence of the document nor its content, while a Foreign Ministry statement characterized those who had leaked the document as “<strong>neither loyal citizens of Slovenia nor worthy of being called diplomats</strong>”. Slovenia's diplomatic corps was also critical of the leaking and publication of the document. “<strong>This would not have happened if it were not for the dishonesty of some Foreign Ministry employees who seemingly are no longer interested in doing something constructive for their country</strong>,” a petition signed by 339 diplomatic staff members stated. In the meantime, Prime Minister Janez Janša denied that anyone is trying to tell Slovenia how to preside over the EU, while the foreign minister tried to assert that the leaked document had not harmed Slovenia's relationship with the USA, although it had caused “some minor tension”.</p> </blockquote> <p> Instead of preventing outside, third countries from meddling in the EU presidency- the Slovenian Foreign Ministry calls those that leaked this document as « no longer interested in doing something constructive for their country ? » This should have Europeans and their leaders quite a bit more upset, but even furious, that the Americans are dictating policy to the EU president. <strong>Where's the outrage ?!</strong></p>