Tuesday, November 12, 2002
The French Forget: For more than five decades, the French people have found themselves protected from external threats because of the presence of American troops in Europe. Because of the U.S. presence, Western Europe has enjoyed peace and prosperity. Unfortunately, the French have forgotten what they've received.
On the other hand, the people of Romania, recently freed from a brutal, oppressive, totalitarian regime -- appreciate what America has done.
Romania and Poland will bring a "pro-American critical mass" to NATO, said Mircea Geoana, Romania's foreign minister in an interview. Indeed, whenever Mr. Geoana's French diplomatic counterparts worry about Romania's enthusiasm for the United States, he said he tells them that "after Romania enjoys several decades of prosperity like France, then we will have the luxury of taking the U.S. for granted."
Once again, we do have allies in Europe. Unfortunately, when the talking heads talk about multilateralism, the really mean France and Germany. Romania and Poland don't count.