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Wooing Europe, Wowing Europe?

How did U.S. President George W. Bush try to make his point during his European tour?

May 31, 2002

How did U.S. President George W. Bush try to make his point during his European tour?

In late May 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush traveled to Europe to drum up support for the worldwide fight against terrorism. At the center of his mission was overcoming European resistance to the U.S. desire to agressively confront Iraq. To convey his sense of urgency, President Bush was remarkably direct in delivering his message. Our new Read My Lips presents excerpts from Mr. Bush’s speech before the German Parliament.

Is there a historic precedent for inaction on Iraq?

“Like the threats of another era, this threat cannot be appeased — or cannot be ignored.”

(U.S. President George W. Bush, May 2002)

Mr. President, does Europe have to worry about Iraq?

“Those who seek missiles and terrible weapons are also familiar with the map of Europe.”

Why are you issuing warnings to Europe?

“Wishful thinking might bring comfort — but not security.”

But is there really an axis of evil?

“Call this a strategic challenge. Call it, as I do, axis of evil. Call it by any name you choose, but let us speak the truth.”

What will happen if the United States and Europe fail to act together?

“If we ignore this threat, we invite certain blackmail — and place millions of our citizens in grave danger.”

Why is the United States looking for European support?

“In this globalized world, fewer and fewer problems affect only individual countries — and they certainly cannot be solved by individual countries alone.”

Mr. President, does the mighty United States need Europe?

“I believe in alliances. I know America can’t win the war on terror alone.”

What is your vision for U.S.-European cooperation?

“In this war we defend not just America or Europe. We are defending civilization itself.”

Why does the United States take an interest in European developments?

“When Europe grows in unity, Europe and America grow in security.”

And finally, how do you see the future?

“To achieve a safer world, we must create a better world.”