Architects of Delusion
Europe, America, and the Iraq War
Publication Year: 2011
The commencement of war in Iraq in 2003 was met with a variety of reactions around the globe. In Architects of Delusion, Simon Serfaty presents a historical analysis of how and why the decision to wage war was endorsed by some of America's main European allies, especially Britain, and opposed by others, especially France and Germany.
Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Jacques Chirac, and Gerhard Schroeder were, Serfaty argues, the architects of one of the most serious crises in postwar transatlantic relations. These four heads of state were the victims not only of their personal delusions but also of those of the nations they led. They all played the hand that their countries had dealt them—the forceful hand of a righteous America, the principled acquiescence of a faithful Britain, the determined intransigence of a quarrelsome France, and the ambiguous "new way" of a recast Germany.
Serfaty's deft interweaving of the political histories and cultures of the four countries and the personalities of their leaders transcends the Europe-bashing debate sparked by the Iraq invasion. He contends that not one of these four leaders was entirely right or entirely wrong in his approach to the others or to the issues, before and during the war. For the resulting wounds to heal, though, and for the continuity of transatlantic relations, he reminds us that the United States and France must end their estrangement, France and Britain must resolve their differences, Germany must carry its weight relative to both France and Britain, and the United States must exert the same visionary leadership for the twenty-first century that it showed during its rise to preeminence in the twentieth century.
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press
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THE ALLEGED FACTS of "power and weakness" that characterized the trans atlantic debate over the use of force in Iraq were theoretically flawed and historically misleading. Theoretically, the "facts" of American power ap peared to reduce the concept of power to its military dimension at the ex pense of, or over, anything that might expose U.S. weakness. Historically, ...
CHAPTER ONE Terms of Estrangement
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..."With no other country [in Europe] except France ... do we feel that State fames Baker shortly before the first Gulf War and after a NATO meeting where the French ambassador had been reportedly told "not to agree on anything. "Baker's counterpart, Roland Dumas, acknowledged, in a diffirent context, "There is in our attitude a measure of misplaced ...
CHAPTER TWO Terms of Endearment
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Though [Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill] had their dif ferences ... they cared passionately about the same overarching truth: breaking the Axis. They also shared the conviction that they were des tined to play these roles. A friendship like Roosevelt and Churchill's is rightly understood as a fond relationship in which two people have an ...
CHAPTER THREE Terms of Disparagement
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He was all over me. He was ready to go in the barn and milk my cows, if he could find the teats. There s only one way to deal with the Germans. You keep patting them on the head and then every once in a while you The sudden and complete moral collapse of a valiant people, a decadence the more grandiose in that this people had, until then, known how to ...
CHAPTER FOUR Terms of Entanglement
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When you are at the beginning of a big historical tramition, it's very tough . ... I remember what Harry Truman was able to do, which was to take some very difficult circumstances and some fairly unpopular poli cies and find a few people across the aisle who were ready to support a The spiritual reverse was ... devastating, for [King] Philip [of Spain] ...
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I. These images are borrowed from Robert Kagan, "Power and Weakness," Policy Review II3 (June-July 2002): 3-28, and Richard Haass, The Reluctant Sheriff The United States after the Cold War (New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1997). 2. Marc Danner, "Iraq: The War of the Imagination," New York Review of Books 53, 3· Asked what "one thing" he would "change about [his] Presidency," President ...
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For this book, as for any other that came before-or any more that might come later-acknowledgments go first to my students, currently in the Grad uate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University, in Nor folk, Virginia, and previously at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University and at the University ...
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Publication Year: 2011