Jose M. de Areilza
January 30, 2008
Now that the New York Times has formally endorsed its favorite Democrat and Republican candidates (Hillary Clinton and John Mc Cain), all eyes are turned upon BlogEuropa.eu, waiting also for some kind of official backing, a decision that could seriously influence the outcome of the US primary elections -everybody knows that views of Europeans is a decisive factor for US voters all over the country.
Well, you are waiting in vain. BlogEuropa.eu will not endorse candidates, since it is a pluralistic blog, that values highly different opinions, debates and exchanges.
If you ask me, however, I personally have my favorites. On the Democrat camp, I ve got a crush on Obama. He does embody the American dream and he also insists we went to Law School together, I am not sure about it but it is a nice gesture on his side. I also like Bill Richardson, a great Hispanic leader, but he is no longer in the run -may be for Vicepresident?´
On the Republican side, I prefer Romney over Mc Cain and others. The former Governor of Massachussetts understands the economy and markets. But I have no clue if the Democrats will be able to win this time -they have a tendency not to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
My only prediction is that in any case future US foreign policy will be more enlightened and will improve, but only if the new President is able to resist the temptation of isolationism, in view of the less than brilliant results in Irak and specially Afganistan. Therefore, European neocons and progressive thinkers will be both disappointed. Regardless of party affiliation, the new US president will not feel like s/he is the heir to Bush and will not revere the UN without reform or propose some high award to honor Chirac and Schröder.
With a new US administration, we European will have the opportunity to work hard to strengthen the Atlantic partnership. We need to show we have the capacity to act and speak with one voice and that we can pull resources to work together with the US in worthy causes.
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