Why do Europeans resent America, even as they continue to copy it? Never mind Donald Trump. The United States is the steamroller of modernity that invents stuff, ideas, and images the world cannot resist.
This week, Donald Trump repeated an American mantra: “Iran will never have a nuclear weapon.” But in due time it will, because it can, and because it has long seen the Bomb to be in its national interest. But is there an upside?
In Europe, the ancien régime of the moderate Right and Left is falling prey to the disruptors—mainly rightwing populists, but also non-threatening environmentalists like the surging German Greens who appeal to the center.
Alliances die when they win. So NATO should have gone the way of all flesh when the Soviet Union committed suicide in 1991. Yet it has not only endured, but also expanded. And based on enduring interest, the Alliance will survive Donald Trump, too.
Published: Apr 05, 2019
(Mrs. James Ward Thorne, Art Institute of Chicago)