As I watch President Bush engage with the EUlite in Brussels this weak, I can’t but picture him as a gracious player who is willing to provide some comfort to an obviously beaten opponent. Bush is giving them the rhetoric they like while the EUlite scramble to pay homage to him.
What I think really spells the end of any serious contest with the EU is the EU Constitution. The EUlite have once again forged a mighty political weapon (like Fascism) intended to damage the USA but instead will detonate in Europe. The EU Constitution is a thousand points of darkness, a confused, self-contradictory hash of obscure policies. If you’ve ever been to a modern Leftist protest, with its endless waves of unrelated if not contradictory booths and agitators, then you know what the EU Constitution is like. Just gather up all the position papers from the various protestors, slam them together and there you are.
Because of this, either the EU Constitution will be adopted and drop another 16 ton weight on Europe as it struggles under its existing challenges, or it will not be adopted and the EU is likely to fracture as a result. Worst of all, from the EUlite point of view, is that a failure on the Constitution might force the EU back to the EEC stage. Such a move would likely be strongly favored by the UK and Eastern Europe. The problem is twofold for the EUlite: