MAYBE NOT JUST EUROPE….Juan Cole links to an item suggesting that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi may be looking for a way to withdraw from Iraq. This prompts the following speculation:
Bush may be pushing Europe to the Left. He may have already helped elect Gerhard Schroeder, who ran against the war before the fact, and PM Zapatero in Spain. Berlusconi could well fall victim to the same trend. There may yet be a Labor Party revolt against Tony Blair, similar to the one mounted by John Major against Maggie Thatcher among the Tories over a decade ago.
There may be something to this, and it might not be limited to Europe. In fact, if things don’t turn around in Iraq fairly soon, it’s quite possible that Americans will become increasingly skeptical of foreign military adventures as well. Not quite the legacy George Bush planned on, is it?