Naval War College Review


The transatlantic relationship is fraying at the edges. The Europeans are increasingly uneasy over the George W. Bush administration’s national secu- rity policy, judging by the pronouncements coming from government officials. While the tragedies of 11 September 2001 garnered Americans broad sympathy in Europe, emotional support since has steadily eroded. What had been European sympathy on a personal level to American pain and suffering is gradually giving way to anxiety about this nation’s preponderance of global power, mixed with an awareness—if in many instances only subconsciously—of Europe’s own shortcomings, particularly in the realm of international security.