Fred for President

Fred Thomson no es aún conocido en España. Se trata del candidato republicano que ocupa el segundo puesto en las encuestas, por detrás del ex alcalde Guiliani. Hay que tener en cuenta que aun no ha declarado explícitamente la intención de competir, así que ese segundo puesto no está nada mal.

Town Commons, un blog que leo frecuentemente trascribe un discurso dado en Londres el pasado miércoles 20 de junio, Sencillamente se trata del discurso de un verdadero “hombre de estado”. Trata de “la tradicional amistad americano-británica” por encima de los asuntos partidistas internos, de la defensa de la libertad, de la “amenaza del islamismo radical fundamentalista”, de la lucha contra los yijadistas (les llama por ese nombre), y le mete estas andanadas a la Europa canalla:

For many Americans, there is a concern that even among our friends, some people are instinctively uncomfortable with U.S. power. Some on the Continent speak of the need for Europe to balance U.S. influence. Americans worry that this sentiment could, over time, lead to an uncoupling of the alliance. And if constraining U.S. power is that important, would our European friends be comfortable with other powers serving as a counterweight to the United States?

Some who seek to check U.S. power believe that legitimacy may only be conferred by international consensus as represented by the UN Security Council. They ask, “If a country can invade another nation for its own good reasons, what is the logical stopping point?”

The American response is to ask how, then, does one justify non-Security-Council-sanctioned actions, such as Kosovo? What are nations allowed to do when the UN cannot muster the political will to act? How many countries must be involved in an action before legitimacy is conferred? Is it just European countries that count? And, how do we deal with problems in concert when many of us don’t agree on the extent or nature of the problem?

For our part, we in the United States must make a better case for our views and our actions. It is possible that things that are perfectly obvious to us may not be so obvious even to those who wish us well. We must be willing to listen and we must be willing to share our intelligence to the maximum extent appropriate.

We must be prepared to make our case not just privately, but to the people of Europe and the world in order to build political support for cooperation. The world is not stronger if America is weaker – or is perceived to be weaker. The same is true of Britain and truer still of our NATO alliance. And we must be capable of making that case.

In return, it is fair to expect that our allies will not put their trade and commercial interests above world security. It is also fair to ask that Europeans consider the consequences if they are wrong about the threat to the Western world.

Suerte, Fred.

Fred’s Remarks to the Brits

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