CIA Director Says Europe and US Fight Terrorism Differently – Global Power Will Shift From North America To Asia

CIA Director Says Europe and US Fight Terrorism Differently – Global Power Will Shift From North America To Asia

CIA Director Hayden

(Best Syndication) The United States and European nations view the fight against terrorism differently, according to Central Intelligence Agency Director Michael V. Hayden. In a speech at the Landon Lecture Series in Kansas, Hayden said Europeans see the threat of terrorism as a law enforcement issue, while the US views it differently.

“In much of Europe, terrorism is seen differently: primarily as an internal, law enforcement problem, and solutions are focused more narrowly on securing the homeland,” Hayden said. This is not to say that Europeans do not work with each other to thwart the terrorist threat, they do according to Hayden.

Difference in Strategies

The US policy is to fight terrorism as a global war using high-tech weaponry including smart bombs and troops on the ground. “They (the Europeans) tend not to view terrorism as we do—as an overwhelming international challenge,” Hayden said.

After 19 hijackers attacked the US on September 11th 2001, the Bush Administration has taken a different approach. The United States has begun running-up huge deficits to fight wars in Asia and the Middle East. President Bush and some in Congress believe this is the best approach to preventing one or two dozen individuals from attacking the US mainland.

Hayden believes this difference in strategy could cause a rift between the US and Europe. “Differing views over the nature of threats and the right tactics to address them are likely to impact U.S.-Europe relations for much of this century, and the effects will be felt on many levels—from intelligence and law enforcement to military cooperation and foreign policy.”

Muslim Immigration

The Europeans have been dealing with a large Muslim immigrant population, according to the Director. Some nations have complained that the US has not done enough to deal with refugees from the Iraq War. Recently the Bush Administration has agreed to step-up efforts to allow more refugees and military collaborators into the US. The US will see a larger influx of Muslim immigrants now.

“But social integration of immigrants will pose a significant challenge to many host nations—again boosting the potential for unrest and extremism,” Hayden believes. “Today, the total for the EU is roughly 16 million (Muslim immigrants), or just over three percent of the population. But with a birth rate at least twice the average of ethnic Europeans, the Muslim population will continue to grow as the non-Muslim population shrinks in the next few decades.”


Nations around the world are constantly looking-out for their best interest, and China is no different according to the CIA Director. “And it is the Intelligence Community’s view that any Chinese regime, even a democratic one, would have similar nationalist goals.”

China is increasingly becoming the major sponsor of our National Debt by buying our treasury notes. Of course these notes will need to be paid back with interest, and there are concerns with their military build-up. “Don’t misunderstand. The military buildup is troubling, because it reinforces long-held concerns about Chinese intentions toward Taiwan,” Hayden said. “But even without that issue, we assess that a build-up would continue—albeit one that might look somewhat different.”

The Chinese are developing many high-tech weapons. “I say that with full appreciation for the remarkable speed and scope of China’s recent military buildup,” Hayden continued. “The Chinese have fully absorbed the lessons of both Gulf Wars, developing and integrating advanced weaponry into a modern military force.”

So far the Chinese strategy is different than the one we use. Although they have not invaded countries across the globe, they do have a great foreign influence. “Today, China’s behavior in the international realm is focused almost exclusively on narrowly defined Chinese objectives. We saw that in the country’s dealings with Sudan, where protection of its oil interests was paramount.”

While the US offers foreign aid with strings attached, most of the time the Chinese just give away the money without any dictates. This is troubling to the CIA Director. “Much of China’s aid to the developing world comes with few, if any, conditions attached, which undermines the West’s own efforts to promote good governance.”

There is hope though, according to Hayden. “But China is not an inevitable enemy. There are good policy choices available to both Washington and Beijing that can keep us on the largely peaceful, constructive path we’ve been on for almost 40 years now.”

Rift Between US and Europe

Hayden mentioned the views of neo-conservative and Project For A New American Century (PNAC) cofounder, Robert Kagan, in his speech on Wednesday. “Robert Kagan and others refer to ‘a divergence of interests,’ even a ‘transatlantic divide.’ And disagreements over the war in Iraq and the global fight against terrorism have raised questions in recent years about the future of the Alliance.”

The rift between the two continents is because Europe “is nearly whole, free, and at peace” since the end of the Cold War. The interests of the US and Europe are changing as we try to work together. “But it is not yet clear when or if the United States and Europe will come to share the same views of 21st century threats—as we did for the last half of the 20th century—and then forge a common approach to security.”

Shift of Power to Asia

Like others, Hayden sees a shift in power from North America to Asia over this next century. “Henry Kissinger called this “a shift in the center of gravity of international affairs from the Atlantic to the Pacific and Indian Oceans,” Hayden said.

This shift of economic power from the United States to Asia is a concern for the intelligence community. “But China, a communist-led, nuclear state that aspires to—and will likely achieve—great power status during this century, will be the focus of U.S. attention. As such, it deserves special mention today.”

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By Tom Madison
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