Wednesday, May 10, 2006
JAVIER SOLANA – 4,700,000 GOOGLE HITS AND GROWING – NEW SUPPORT FROM WASHINGTON!
I’ve had a few busy weeks keeping up with my law practice. I took a peek on line tonight. I was starting to think maybe things were quieting down with “our very good friend, Javier Solana.” After all, the two ladies running Austria, Ursula Plassnik and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, its foreign minister who also serves as interim External Affairs Commissioner for the European Union put a damper of sorts on Dr. Solana in April. Austria announced it was putting plans for the EU Constitution on hold until 2007. It said it wanted to see Dr. Solana and Benita Ferrero-Waldner start getting along better before pushing increased powers for the EU and thereby Dr. Solana who stands to gain the most when and if the EU constitution with its Foreign Minister on Steroids adopted. Under the new regime, the EU presidency would be a weakened one, unable to succeed itself. The “Foreign Minister” by contrast could. He would have a super-sized budget, a right of “initiative,” and powers that Charlemagne, Napoleon, and Hitler could only have only realized in their dreams.
In the meantime, Javier Solana has his “odd-jobs” WEU and its every growing military machine to content himself with. And tonight, it looks like he got another boost – this time from Washington. Logging on to check my sadly behind Yahoo! Email, I was greeted with news that he spent time in New York and Washington today with Condoleeza Rice, who has announced that she is “backing European diplomacy” to solve the Iranian crisis. He was here primarily to meet with "The Quartet for Peace in the Middle East" of which he and Kofi Annan are the two constants since its formation.
I am starting to believe that Solana’s deliberately low kept American profile is about to come to a close. I suspect that from now on, we will be hearing much more about him. Googling him yielded 4,700,000 plus hits today. Clearly, he’s not going away.
But then again, maybe this was merely a ploy to advance his real job aspiration – Mayor of Madrid. As Herb Peters routinely advises, I’m staying tuned!