Despite the displays of anger and assertions of sovereignty, European government showed themselves not only subordinate to the U.S. but to their own industrialists and financiers. The U.S. government is similarly a captive of its own big business interests — that is what right-wing calls to “starve” government are about.
The United States with its planned withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014 has the opportunity to reset its approach to democracy building in Afghanistan. The democracy building record of the United States in Afghanistan at best can be considered as patchy because of its over militaristic approach aimed at promoting legitimacy for Islamicist rule in Afghanistan. The withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014 offers the United States a chance to redeem itself before the intentional community and the people of Afghanistan by helping them return back to the democratic path it was on before the Islamicist takeover in 1992.