GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (OC) The President clearly trying to signal all week long a new start, saying he was there to listen, not there with any grand new ideas for the Europeans. And he, and he's been a success overall, certainly at the stagecraft, but when you look at the substance on the G-20, on Afghanistan, on Guantanamo, good words, but the President didn't get all he wanted.
GEORGE WILL (OC) But he also told the Europeans exactly what they wanted to hear which is nonsense. He said, I - we, we want to reestablish and recognize Europe's role of leadership in the world. Europe has no leadership role in Europe. When they had a crisis in the Balkans with ethnic cleansing approaching genocide, it was the United States who had to come in and organize it. He said there, in, in Europe, he said or his Afghan/Pakistan initiatives, he said there will be a military component to it and Europe should not simply expect the United States to shoulder that burden alone. America will shoulder it alone because it's not worth the trouble trying to extract ten helicopters and a platoon out of Europe.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (OC) Want to speak up for the Europeans?
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON Well, definitely Afghanistan was where the President did not get what he wanted. No question that now basically Afghanistan is an American war. All that the Europeans offered was some logistical support and training for the Afghanistan police and army. Absolutely, he didn't get what he wanted there. But he did get 1 trillion, $100 billion for credit, for trade support from the IMF. And more important than anything, he really asserted himself as a leader there. What he said, especially for me, my favorite moment was in his answer to American exceptionalism. When he was asked what did he think of American exceptionalism. I think he gave a masterful answer. When he said, I believe in American exceptionalism and I'm sure that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism and definitely we do, George.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (OC) Of course we do. That's exactly right. But Richard, on, on this tone the President tried to strike all week long, it was, it was pretty clear that he wants to build a relationship where he can call on the Europeans later on, even if he doesn't get everything he wants right now.
RICHARD HAASS That's exactly right. At the end of the day, the biggest pool of partners the United States has, however inadequate they may be, still tends to be the Europeans. I remember when I worked at the White House and a crisis would happen, the President always wants to get on the phone. And invariably most of the codes, most of the codes, most of the dialing codes tend to be European. They are still the most like-minded as the United States. They are still - they still have some capacities. But there's a, there's a, there's an irony here that I can't help but note. The Europeans said they didn't like George W Bush because he was too unilateral. We want a multilateral American. Well, be careful what you wish for, Europe. You've got a multilateral president, but that means they've got to do more and they are clearly not ready to step up to that plate.