Ralph Peters, no admirer of the younger Bush, sets the record straight:
Bush's problems weren't really with Europe -- only with Germany and France, both of which had been profiting hugely from business deals with Saddam. Most of Europe stood with us. France and Germany then voted in conservative governments.Read the whole thing here.
Our relations with Europe were better in Bush's second term than today. The Obama administration bullies allies on economic policy, favors Muslim immigrants in internal disputes, insists (against the wishes of Europe's voters) that Turkey be admitted to the European Union and excludes traditional partners from foreign-policy initiatives.
Peters argues that Obama, holding a third-world perspective, has a personal animus against Europe for its colonial past. I'm not sure that's the case, but he certainly has taken great pains to show America's traditional allies that he has little interest in them. We have indeed entered a new era in American diplomacy, but it is hardly the one that Bush's Eurocritics envisioned.
Obama infuriates Britain. From the Times of London:
Read it here.
Frank Gaffney argues that Obama is trying to "reset" our relationship with Britain. [here].