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The threat from Europe

Jeremy Rabkin's paranoid anti-European tract has one redeeming feature. It is utterly clear about the US conservative approach to world politics

By Andrew Moravcsik   April 2006

The Case for Sovereignty by Jeremy A Rabkin (American Enterprise Institute, $25)

Like many Americans these days, Jeremy Rabkin sees dangerous enemies abroad. Who are they? Islamic terrorists? The rising Chinese juggernaut? Tinpot dictators in failed states? None of these ruffle Rabkin—US military pre-eminence is enough to deter them. No, the great peril facing America is, amazingly enough, “European domination.”

European domination? That’s right. Rabkin believes that the US must secure itself against a united Europe, which poses a mortal threat to America’s constitution. Whence the European threat? A superstate in Brussels? Weapons sales to China? Hostile votes in the…

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