Following the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11, the international community rallied around Americans, shared their grief, and expressed their solidarity to provide all they could for the United States to track down and punish the responsible. How did the U.S. waste this front of good will and loose credibility among its allies? How did the Bush administration’s strategies fail in the Middle East, undermining U.S. security and prestige? Arguing that transatlantic cooperation is vital to stabilize the churning in the Middle East, this article analyzes events since September 11 as they relate to the transatlantic alliance.
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