BILBAO -- The Spanish news, like the Irish nightly broadcasts, offer snippets of the American presidential campaign. The soundbites evolve from clichés that are simple to say and easy to digest. Europeans are getting the impression that Americans want their foreign policy simple and their leadership focused on delivering that. In a complex world chock-full of ethnic diversity, the steamrolled variety of Bush foreign policy seems more like a football strategy than a global formula. This is not good for international politics but that seems to be a desired corollary for the Bush Team. It would seem that denigrating Europe plays well as a vote-getting strategy for George Bush. And perhaps that is all that matters in the United States of today.
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