02 October 2005

EU Wants Shared Control of US Military

Oct 02 08:00 AM US/Eastern
By Martin Sillie
TP International Writer

Versailles, France

(TP) -- Following its claim that governments must share responsibility for the Internet, the European Union on Friday added the the US military to its demands.

EU spokesman Martin Selmayr said a new cooperation model was important "because the US military is a global reach resource."

"The EU ... is pretty, well maybe kinda firm on this position," he added.

Three-way talks between the US, EU and UN on the US military's future have been held at the EU's military headquarters at Versailles.

A stalemate over who should serve as the world's principal military force could derail the summit, which aims to ensure a fair sharing of American armed forces, the US-built Internet, and the Rocky Mountains to benefit the whole world.

At issue is who would ultimately have authority over the military's global capabilities, which liberate contries, confront terrorists and terrify most of the French.

Those roles have historically gone to the US, which created the military as an Independence project in the 18th century and funded much of its early development. The US retains veto power over the use of its military, frustrating some European countries.

"They have gobbled up most of the peacekeeping and liberating duties for the past century, and the EU wants to share in the benefits these bring," said Lieutenant General Jean-Paul Perruche, Director of the EU Military Staff.

"Sure, you can surf all the porn you want on the Internet, and totally eBay all the time, but sooner or later the world must be allowed to share in these things plus the Americans' unique ability to rapidly move relief supplies after tsunamis and hurricanes," he said, adding, "And tanks. Lots of tanks. And planes. Big ones. Bombers, yeah yeah. Did I say bombers out loud?"

Finally, Europe wants greater assurance that as it comes to rely on the US military more for stability and peacekeeping services, Europe's anti-American plans won't get derailed by some future US policy.

"If the Americans get a lock on democracy in the Middle East and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, we're done for," complained General Perruche. "We might as well raise the surrender flag. I mean, more than usual."

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