June 6, 2014

D-Day's Going to Be Awkward This Year

Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

This year's commemoration will prove even more challenging. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, now wound or winding down, have proved to be anything but good wars. The Obama administration's NSA spying and drone warfare, and even its position in the free trade negotiations that threaten the traditional French "cultural exception," have cast a pall on the United States' historic role as the country's liberator. Moreover, Vladimir Putin's presence will serve not just as a reminder of Russia's claims in Ukraine, but also of the support Moscow has given to many of the Euroskeptic parties whose recent success stunned European leaders.

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TAGGED: World War II, Europe, Russia, Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, Germany, France, United States, D-Day

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