Thursday, January 10, 2013

More European Than Thou

Great. Now we are more European than Britain:

Philip H. Gordon, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, told a media briefing in London the previous day that Washington feared a British exit from the EU would run counter to U.S. interests.

Gordon's intervention, a rare and unusually strong diplomatic foray into an emotive domestic debate, made front page news in Britain where Cameron is preparing to deliver a speech setting out his plans to try to renegotiate the country's relationship with the EU and then put the deal to a vote.

It's causing a problem for the British government. Now that's smart diplomacy. Would this be Back-Seat Driving from Behind?

If we had to intervene on this issue, could we have at least intervened on the side of our interests? As far as I'm concerned, not only would it be better for Europeans to reject a Europe super-state, it is in our interest to deal with individual nations rather than Brussels:

I've said it many times. Europe as an institution can't be our friend. European states can be our friends and I value their contributions. It would be to our advantage to stop supporting the European Union and work to get support from individual European states and supportive European citizens within those states.

There's only one solution to the problem of Brussels.

Sadly, the new European transnational elite has determined that it has the right to rule Europe, not by Divine Right as in the past, but by the new god of the euro currency:

Most of us would view a monetary experiment which has led directly to the bankruptcy of entire countries, and the ruination of so many lives, as an unqualified failure. But the European political class is determined to retain its insane financial architecture, regardless of human considerations. From this side of the Channel, we must continue to muddle along in our boring, matter-of-fact way: to hope that it all works out for the best, while making prudent provision in case it does not.

If Britain can exit this train wreck before it happens, why on Earth would they remain?

I understand that in the short run we don't want any hiccup in any significant portion of the global economy since it could derail our own struggling and anemic growth. But in the long run, we'll do better with Europeans rather than with Europe.