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In direct contravention of my wife's explicit instructions, herewith I inaugurate my first blog. Long may it prosper.

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Thursday, March 20, 2003
I suspect this is probably an accurate prediction of post-war relations with our European allies. I would differ on Russia; whatever Bush saw when he looked into Putin's soul, I don't think he's under the illusion that Russia is an "ally" of the U.S. the way, say, Britain is. Moreover, Russia hasn't crossed us, not really; they never had to "show their cards" because the French showed theirs first. Turkey, I think, falls into the same bucket: we can't afford not to deal with them, as they can't afford not to deal with us, and the only reason we lost that vote there was because of State Department bungling. (Any chance someone actually gets fired for it? Nah. No one gets fired from the Bush White House.) As for Germany: I think it's clear that American friendship is on ice until they get rid of their Chancellor. And what's he polling now - negative 20%?