Come teach us Hillary!

Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 2:29 | Posted in eu, USA | Leave a comment

It may not be such a big deal that Hillary Clinton accidentally referred to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana as “High Representative Solano”. And we should probably not pay much attention to the mishap of calling European Commission External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner “Benito”, as in Benito Mussolini. These things just happen, no fuzz about it.

Secretary Clinton is absolutely right to point out that the American democracy has “been around a lot longer than European democracy“. After all, democracy has only been “around”, as it were, in Europe for about 2500 years. Even a child would understand that 2500 years is much less than the 233 years of democracy in America.

Clinton also had some fresh and interesting views about the ideal number of political parties in a democratic society:

I have never understood multiparty democracy. It is hard enough with two parties to come to any resolution

I bet she would prefer just one party. Then again, that model has been tried in parts of Europe with not so good results.

Hillary Clinton did indeed speak words of wisdom in Brussels. The European climate must have a stimulating effect on her brain. All of us remember her earlier experience in Bosnia where she landed under sniper fire.


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