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5:09am on Sunday the 16th of June
Europe Discovers Its Inner Connie
Markos Moulitsas on Bush

Fact is, even Bush's staunchest allies in Europe have given up on the failed Bush presidency. NATO nations Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Hungary have already ditched him in Iraq, with Poland and the UK eager to get out this year. Bush is toxic in those countries, and more than one government has fallen in part because of having too close a relationship with Bush.

And he's going to demand troops from them? This is why a failed presidency matters. That's why diplomacy matters. That's why building and nurturing international respect matters.

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There is a scene in one of the Godfather movies (forget which one) where Michael Corleone's sister, Connie, tells him, "I understand now, Michael. You were just being strong for all of us." This, after she had been disparaging her brother, dismissing his leadership and their family ties.

Europe today is well down the path to its Connie Corleone-dom, resenting America for its strength while ignoring its own peril. (How bad is it? See this).

There is, alas, a point at which international relations become neatly simple. Essentially, the whole thing reverts to the schoolyard. Vladmir Putin copped on to this faster than most, and has leveraged it to his advantage. Strangely, George Bush, an undeniable child of privilege, gets it too. Count his wealthy upbringing for his momentary lapses (the first seige of Fallujah, early dealings with Muqtada al-Sadr, etc.).

Folks, listen: It's on.

And it was coming for a long time. The left should be grateful to George, because he has spared any would-be Democratic President the difficulty of being the first in. But whether it be Iraq or Iran, it was coming.

This is not the Cold War. Hostile nations with the clout of a mid-sized American state can now strike from halfway around the world. Thanks to the Internet, political movements one step removed from caves can turn populations to their cause, raise enormous sums, and carry out significant actions. Never mind what they could do with a nuke.

The point is that the showdown with a homicidally hostile Middle East is not the result of anything George Bush has done--after all, there have been other relatively recent showdowns, pre-George (disasters like the Iran hostage crisis, for instance). What has changed is the ability of hostile elements in the Middle East to reach us. Does anybody really think that if the students who pulled off the Iranian hostage grab could've orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, they wouldn't have done it? Of course they would have--they just didn't have the means.

The pie-in-the-sky ideal of a "global village" is in fact more like a global arena--or again, a global schoolyard. And that crazy kid from another class that sometimes jumps you for no reason? He now owns a machine gun.

So Europe and the softest of America's soft can continue to blame George for everything. But whether the Dems or the Repubs take the Presidency, whether Jack Murtha or Trent Lott holds sway: it's been coming, it's here, and there's no going back.

We either fight this, all out, or we lose. And if we lose, we lose everything.

And if Europe and the far left don't wise up fast, they won't be around for their "Connie Corleone" moment, recognizing why someone, finally, had to be strong. They'll either be composing their "Why Do They Hate Us?" treatises in an irradiated teachers' lounge--or they'll be dead.
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