The White House is dissatisfied with Germany very much, and the Pentagon even more. And the dissatisfaction is because of the German chancellor’s strict opinion concerning the US-led campaign against Iraq. Schroeder mentioned several times already that Germany wouldn’t participate in this war even if the UN approves it. The statement made by German Minister of Justice Herta Daubler-Gmelin when she compared George W. Bush with Hitler only added fuel to the fire.
During the past days German diplomats made every possible effort to relax the tension in relations with America which had arisen after the above mentioned statements. The scandal seemed practically hushed up, when Pentagon senior adviser Richard Perle arrived in Berlin. He was the aide to the US defense secretary under Ronald Reagan. As soon as he arrived in Berlin, he immediately announced that Gerhard Schroeder should resign. Perle doesn’t care at all that Germans elected the chancellor in accordance with their domestic interests. But the American official strongly believes that if the chancellor doesn’t support the US’s policy concerning Iraq, he should resign. Germany’s Handelsblat quotes Perle: “It would be better for the chancellor to resign.”
Perle says that Schroeder’s anti-war election campaign strongly undermined the relations between Germany and America, and in a burst of revelation, he explained the German people how much the chancellor’s pertinacity would cost the country. Is Germany still wishing to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council? It may forget about it for a long time, Perle says. He says, this is because of the chancellor that the problem can be considered once again only by the next generation of Germans.
Germany was deprived of any authority to influence the Iraqi problem because of Schroeder’s “astonishing isolationism”, Perle says. He adds, nobody made Schroeder do anything concerning Iraq, the USA especially. But the chancellor, Perle says, “preferred to stay with his old friend for the sake of several votes at the elections.” Many observers say, relations between Berlin and Washington are on the lowest level ever registered since the end of WWII. They also admit that Perle’s statements proved to be the most harsh within the whole period of preparation for the war in Iraq. At first, US officials dared to speak about Hussein’s resignation only. But as we know, appetite comes with eating.
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