Pariah State


Heckuva job, Georgie.

America’s prestige among its traditional European allies is in steep decline and shows no sign of rebounding, according to an annual survey conducted by the German Marshall Fund.

The number of Europeans who say they would like to see the U.S. take a strong leadership role in world affairs has fallen precipitously, from 64 percent in 2002 to 37 percent today. During the same period, European unhappiness with President Bush has risen from 56 percent to 77 percent.


Even in Poland, the European country that generally shows the warmest regard for American presidents, Bush has gone from a 62 percent approval rating in 2002 to 40 percent. Bush’s overall approval rating among Europeans was 18 percent.