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Friendly Fire

The Near-Death of the Transatlantic Alliance

Elizabeth Pond

Publication Year: 2004

Relations between the U.S. and Europe have declined in recent years, and today they are worse than at any time since the 1950s. In Friendly Fire, a veteran reporter known for her shrewd observations of political behavior in Europe examines the widening gulf and worsening acrimony between the U.S. and its traditional allies on the European continent. Elizabeth Pond examines a number of disputes —chronic trade quarrels, the International Criminal Court, the Kyoto Protocol, Israeli-Palestinian violence, and Iraq —and identifies the ways in which they reinforce and exacerbate one another. European governments have accepted a rhetorical responsibility for global (and not just European) security, but the dearth of defense funding in Europe, disagreements over tactics, and the bad American temper toward the Europeans have added to the estrangement.

Published by: Brookings Institution Press

Title Page

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pp. vii-viii

This is the fifth monograph in the European Union Studies Association’s U.S.- EU Relations Project series, and it comes at a time of continuing crisis. Elizabeth Pond began this book during the buildup to the war in Iraq. She presented the first draft at a roundtable at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., on ...

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pp. ix-xiv

This book is a second draft of the bizarre history of the decay and threatened dissolution of the West in 2002–03. At this early date it does not aspire to completeness. It does, however, aspire to fairness in portraying the most important of the cumulative brawls that led to the near-death of the transatlantic alliance in 2002–03. Given the angry ...

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Chapter 1. Pax Americana: The Shock of 9/11

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pp. 1-20

In the beginning were Paul Wolfowitz, Robert Kagan, and their soul mates. Or so it seemed, once the U.S. deputy secretary of defense announced the death of permanent coalitions like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at the high-powered Munich Security Conference in February 2002 and the relatively unknown policy wonk published his essay on “Power and Weakness” a ...

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Chapter 2. Pox Americana? 2002 Polemics

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pp. 21-44

As Europeans absorbed the double blow of Bush’s “axis of evil” shot and Wolfowitz’s scorn for permanent coalitions in early 2002, the transatlantic polemics broke out, over both policy substance and what the Europeans had come to regard in previous decades as their right to a voice in Washington’s decision-making. The immediate trigger was the resurgence ...

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Chapter 3. The Franco-German-American War: Fall 2002 to Spring 2003

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pp. 45-74

In the late summer of 2002, Iraq moved to center stage. Europeans generally read Saddam Hussein’s behavior as that of a quite rational tyrant whose drive to preserve power restrained him from launching WMD arbitrarily or getting close to jihadists who despised his secular regime. They thought that the containment effected ...

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Chapter 4. Postwar Europe

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pp. 75-96

Even without any pincer of American ground troops from the north, Saddam Hussein was defeated in a swift, three-week march on Baghdad. What was billed in advance as a “shock and awe” campaign of overwhelming military power worked, if not in precisely the way planned. Night goggles and other Buck Rogers wizardry enabled ...


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pp. 97-117

Persons Interviewed

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pp. 119-121

Suggestions for Further Reading

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pp. 123-129


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pp. 131-141

E-ISBN-13: 9780815796244
E-ISBN-10: 0815796242

Page Count: 120
Publication Year: 2004