Sunday, March 06, 2005
Great op-ed from Thomas Friedman in today's New York Times. He argues that we should be less worried about the Europeans selling advanced weapon systems to China, and more worried about the fact the Europeans aren't buying any for themselves.

He notes the pathetic state of European nations' armed forces. And the fact they largely rely on U.S. military expenditures to police the world (and then of course they criticize us for that). Friedman concludes with a great line:
If Europe wants to go pacifist, that's fine. But there is nothing worse than a pacifist that sells arms - especially in a way that increases the burden on its U.S. ally and protector.
Exactly. We need to start sending Europe a bill.
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