By reading comments from average citizens you can not escape the fact that most of the younger generation wants less and less to do with us. Every problem that they face they find away to assign blame to the “Yanks” and their relationship with us. Spend a lot of time reading their newspapers and you come away really disliking Europeans. Every lie, every distortion, every slander that you can think of is laid at our feet. I don’t wish anything bad for them, but I do notice that I don’t feel an emotional connection anymore.
Well, all good things come to an end, and while we are reluctant to let them go, I think it has reached a point where we must face facts, and we have to start forming new alliances away from Europe. The French, the Germans, the Spanish have all made it very clear that their choice would be anything other than the US. New governments in France and Germany don’t translate into pro-American sentiment for all that we wish it did. I don’t know much about this new Prime Minister, but have noticed that he is already choosing ministers who want a change in the “special relationship.” I do have the feeling that Brown’s tenure will be the instrument that severs the ties irrevocably.