In the overseas press there is an expectation — especially in Western Europe — that the Americans will soon come to their senses and fire George W. Bush (search).
What exactly ticked them off so bad?
It was when Bush said, "We're fighting terrorism, and you're either with us or you're against us."
You could just hear the gasps across the Atlantic.
Writing in The Financial Times recently, the solidly anti-Bush Martin Wolfe wrote:
"Sept. 11, 2001 transformed the U.S. in ways most non-Americans still do not understand."
He may be anti-Bush, but he got that right.
The Euros don't understand how we have changed. The "with us or against us" challenge shook them up because they did not want to be forced to reveal that they are against us.
They are against what we want to do about terrorists like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (search).
John Kerry (search) has a mountain to climb if he thinks he's going to get our former allies to join with us to kill the people who want to kill us.
That's the point. The Euros want to get along with our enemies. After all, they're getting along with each other, and they were enemies for centuries.
Americans know instinctively that there's no getting along with decapitators, with head removers... we have to go kill them first...
Our former friends in Western Europe don't have the stomach for it. That's why they made us stand down in Fallujah, and that's why we're now paying the price for it. Zarqawi is now operating there when we could have had him.
That's what we get for listening to the Euros and the Arabs.
That's My Word.
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