The Mickey Mouse theories of neocons
We probably wouldn't take the theories of the lunatic US
neocon fringe so seriously if they weren't so influential
with UK politicians and journalists. But both Tony Blair and
BBC's Jeremy Paxman (for example) have boasted of reading
up on the ideas of leading US neocon Robert Kagan.
Kagan, co-chair of Project for the New American Century
(PNAC a rightwing think-tank), has coined the slogan
"Americans are from Mars and Europeans are from
Venus" from his theory about "power-loving
Americans" vs "peace-loving Europeans". He
argues that we need the "American way" (military
might) when operating in the "jungle" (ie the Third
It looks to us like a Mickey Mouse theory, but in the lead-up
to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, Kagan was getting a lot
more media attention than antiwar campaigners.
Of course, it's not about "Europeans" and "Americans",
it's about tiny ruling minorities, PR and politics as usual.
In which case, a better slogan might be:
"US politics are from Arse and
Euro-politics are from Anus"
For more about PNAC, see: http://www.observer.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,905978,00.html