I like Medienkritik, it's a great blog for getting about all I can stand of EUisms.
Like this one, it's good to know what is going on in the european press.
But I'll say this about all european newspapers and other euro MSMs when they pontificate about US elections.
I don't care.
Their interests are unlikely to be aligned with my interests. In fact, as is the case with France, they are often completely at odds with each other. It would be in europe's, especially old europe's, best interest for the US to be weakened; politically, militarily, and economically. Especially economically. Most of europe understands that as long as they can point to a McDonalds in the US, they can claim cultural superiority, which in their mind, leads to political superiority. And as long as they can point to a McDonalds in their country, they understand that they are economically inferior to the US. As much as I like the wurst and fries I could get at the local Imbiss stand, there's very little chance that an Imbiss stand will be on any US streetcorner soon. And militarily, well, that goes without question. Old europe cannot, and will not, maintain a strong defense, and they will not tolerate a US that not only maintains a strong defense, but fears nothing in using it.
I don't know why a German paper would come out in support of George Bush. Their reasoning is pretty clear, and if they really feel that way, they are pretty courageous to say so. They run the risk of alienating a huge percentage of their readership by doing so. Especially when they print accurate, but sensitive points such as
Bush knows that Europe and Germany don’t have the military at their disposal to become involved in any further foreign military engagements. Therefore he won't ask them for help. Kerry will do exactly that – and will further burden already damaged German-American relations.Do I agree? Of course.
Are they correct? Certainly.
Do I care?