Europe shouldn't compete with the U.S.

Jonathan Power with another good article on the transatlantic relationship. I could not agree with him more on his closing statement.

Will humanity ever learn from history?

While there can be no doubt that Europe badly needs its own single foreign policy, beefing up a collective military points in all the wrong directions. Europe has ample opportunities to make a profound contribution to dealing with the world’s trouble spots with the power it already has. It just has to learn to use it better – as it recently did with Iran in the successful attempt to persuade its leadership to open its nuclear industry to outside inspections.

What the world needs most, as new powers like China and India come on to the scene, is at least one power that has learned through its own history of fratricidal wars that there is a better way to go than building up military strength.