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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 15, 2009 27 Tishrei 5770

Dear Europeans: Obama Is Just Not That Into You

By Victor Davis Hanson



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Norway stunned the world by awarding the coveted Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama, who was nominated for the honor after being in office less than two weeks. But the award is in keeping with Europeans' behavior over these first nine months of Obama's presidency. They've gone gaga over the guy.

In return, however, their crush is not quite being reciprocated.

Obama did his best to avoid British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the recent G-20 summit. The tabloids in Britain still whine about the tawdry gifts the cool Obama gave Brown when he came to Washington earlier this year.

French President Nicholas Sarkozy -- ogled by the global press as a rock star before Obama replaced him -- seems schizophrenic in his attitude toward the president -- fawning over him one minute, exasperated with him the next. The press there calls the syndrome Sarkozy's "Obama complex."

At the UN, he was so frustrated by Obama's soaring but empty rhetoric that he finally blurted out about Iran and North Korea: "President Obama dreams of a world without weapons . . . but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite."

Sometimes this European exasperation goes deeper than just unrequited love. Obama promised the Russians he would not deploy a planned anti-missile system in the Czech Republic and Poland. Whether intended or not, that decision was seen as a snub. And it scared many in Eastern European -- given their long, unhappy history with Russia.

Obama earlier this year gave enthusiastic pep talks to our NATO allies, urging them to send more troops to Afghanistan. Yet right now he is wavering on the critical question of doing the same himself.

Europe was said to have hated George W. Bush. But in President Bush's second term, friendly governments in Britain, France, Germany and Italy could count on American support in any crisis that might threaten the wealthy but defenseless European Union. Now, with Obama's real interests unclear, these countries are, like spurned teenage lovers, acting out their worries in neurotic fashion.

Sometimes love-struck Europe gets sassy and slights its indifferent heartthrob. Obama flew into Copenhagen for an hour, thought he could charm the infatuated Europeans who dominate the International Olympic Committee to give Chicago the 2016 Games, and then blithely jetted out -- only to learn on his way home that his hometown bid had been rejected.

At other times, as with the Nobel Peace Prize, a gushing and desperate Europe gives him almost anything to gain his affection and attention. Now that Obama has been granted the award, the Norwegians are babbling about "vision" and "hope" rather than real achievement as the basis for their decision.

Perhaps the tiny country hopes that if it gives Obama an award for utopian pacifism, then he most surely will have to act like a European utopian pacifist rather than commander-in-chief of the most powerful nation in history.

A number of things are going on here. America is changing. Millions of Americans now trace their heritages not to Europe, but to Africa, Asia or Latin America. For a generation, the schools have emphasized all sorts of non-Western ethnic studies courses instead of the old core curriculum based on Western civilization.

Obama, with both a Kenyan and Muslim paternity, reflects that trend. For example, one of the first things Obama -- the son of a British colonial subject -- did as president was remove a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and send it back to Britain.

China, India and Japan are also collectively larger than Europe and may one day be wealthier as well. We owe most of our debt to non-Europeans, buy our energy from non-Europeans and seem to send our soldiers increasingly far from Europe. Obama's spurning of Europe reflects the new geopolitics.

Obama poses as the multilateralist, defers to the United Nations and has criticized ossified Cold War-era alliances. Judging by his actions and words, Obama views American habitual protection of an allied but military defenseless Europe as, well, kind of passé.

So get a grip, Europe. Stop it with both the silly fits and the lavish presents. You see, Obama's America is just not that into you.

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Victor Davis Hanson, a classicist and military historian, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a recipient of the 2007 National Humanities Medal. Comment by clicking here.


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