Croesus and Caesar

Those who would compare U.S. and European power by focusing on military capabilities misread history and miss the essence of NATO's genius--and future prospects.

Issue: Summer 2003

A vengeful United States is snubbing its German allies for opposing
the war against Iraq. Prickly France has become a porcupine sitting
on America's lap; Moscow and Beijing have followed Paris' lead since
the United States and Britain subdued Ba'athi Iraq. Some opine, and
others worry, that a belligerent United States or a reactive European
Union will throw NATO into the dust bin of fast-moving history. The
United States may think it does not need Europe, and Europe may
reject association with the American hyperpower. Some Continentals
now call more openly for European balancing against a "rogue United

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