Allies Obama Overlooked
By ERIC EGLAND
Published: August 1, 2008
Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
LAST weekend, Barack Obama dazzled crowds in Europe. Discussing international security, he spoke eloquently about needing an American-European partnership to defeat terrorism.
In Paris, he said that “terrorism cannot be solved by any one country alone,” and that we should establish partnerships. In Berlin, he expressed hope that Europeans and Americans “can join in a new and global partnership to dismantle the networks” of terrorists worldwide.
But there’s one problem. We already have a counterterrorism partnership with the European Union.
And it works. Indeed, despite news media caricatures of aggressive Americans feuding with pacifist Europeans, both groups are quite serious about protecting citizens by working together...
Officials in the American and European military, intelligence and law enforcement communities created this success, and a strong counterterrorism partnership made it possible. The key pillars are better intelligence sharing and closer law enforcement cooperation...
Eric Egland, a major in the United States Air Force, is the founder of Troops Need You, a nonprofit group that supports American soldiers and marines in combat.