Saturday, June 17, 2006

Burying a Bombshell

In a story on Saturday Weekend Edition about NATO troops set to enter Afghanistan, John Ydstie mentions that a Pew poll finds that Europeans consider the US military in Iraq a greater threat to peace and security than the government of Iran! That's significant, and seems worthy of serious discussion and analyses. But the context in which it comes up is as he is interviewing U.S. Ambassador to NATO Victoria Nuland. She buries the important implications of this poll by noting that Europeans are just shy about any military actions due to their history of such bloodletting during the two world wars. (Or maybe the Europeans are actually read and think about events in the world.)

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