One of the reasons the characterization went viral—if there was such a concept in 2002—is that it coincided with the run-up to the Iraq war, which seemed to reinforce his thesis that “Europeans and Americans no longer share a common view of the world.” On first glance, U.S.
Gather members of the Washington foreign policy establishment and the London metropolitan elite in a room, and there is almost no daylight between any of their policy views.
Convene any group of transatlantic elites in Bratislava, Munich, or New York, and there will be a unanimous show of disgust with Trump’s rupturing of the liberal international order—a set of rule-based institutions focused on open markets, collective security, and democracy—that the United States helped establish after World War II.
It is an order that favors the perpetuation of American power in the long term.
Foreign policy elites in the United States are commmitted to this order and overwhelmingly express support for free trade, the United Nations, and an active role for the United States in the world and in support of its allies, even if that means using military force.