The War on Terror and Contemporary U.S.-European Relations
The Bush Administration's "WAR ON TERROR" and its implications for U.S.European relations often evoke contradictory views among Americans. On the one hand, they can generate considerable apprehension since European views toward Americans generally-and President Bush in particularhas been caricatured in a number of unflattering ways. Recall, for example, the headline in the British tabloid, the Daily Mirror, immediately after the November 2004 presidential election: "How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?" On the other hand, those topics can evoke the considerable affection that Europeans have for the American people, if not always for their government, in the aftermath of 9/11. Furthermore, the generally warm receptions that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and President Bush received in early 2005 on their "charm offensive" to Europe and the cooperative efforts over Iran more recently reflect the reservoir of goodwill across the Atlantic.
“The War on Terror and Contemporary U.S.-European Relations,” in John E. Owens and John W. Dumbrell, eds., America’s “War on Terrorism”: New Dimensions in U.S. Government and National Security (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008), pp. 209-232, reproduced with permission of Rowman & Littlefield.