51st state

James Daly james.irldaly at ntlworld.com
Thu May 22 05:41:48 MDT 2003

URL   http://www.antiwar.com/orig/laughland16.html

It beggars belief, but it is true. Last week, a group of influential
politicians who inhabit the rarefied but influential world of
Washington DC think-tanks, proposed that US government officials be
given the right to sit in on the European Union's inter-govermmental
conference, and on meetings of its other executive bodies, so that the
USA can keep an eye on the direction Europe is taking. The cat,
therefore, is finally out of the bag: American politicians are now so
seriously worried that the European Union might be emerging as some
kind of independent force, that they are trying to work out a way of
preventing this from ever happening.

The suggestion that US officials attend the highest-level European
inter-governmental meetings was made on 14th May 2003 by the Center
for Strategic and International Studies. The proposal was signed by
one of those temporary constellations into which the luminaries of the
American political establishment frequently arrange themselves in
order to encourage policy to navigate by their lights: Madeleine
Albright, Harold Brown, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Frank Carlucci, Warren
Christopher, William Cohen, Bob Dole, Lawrence Eagleburger, Stuart
Eizenstat, Al Haig, Lee Hamilton, John Hamre, Sam Nunn, Paul O'Neill,
Charles Rob, William Roth, and James Schlesinger. That makes four
former Secretaries of State, one former National Security Adviser, two
former Secretaries of Defense, a former Secretary of the Treasury, a
former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a
former Director of the CIA, and three Senators.

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