Video: EU prez heralds the new, non-imperial European Union “empire”

posted at 4:44 pm on July 11, 2007 by Allahpundit

“Confederation” might have gone down smoother but I think what he’s saying is pretty innocuous. British conservatives do not agree and are seizing the moment to demand that Gordon Brown follow through on Blair’s promise to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU before it suddenly finds itself an outpost of the non-imperial imperial throne in Brussels.

Journalists in attendance apparently sensed immediately that he’d made a gaffe (in the Kinsleyan sense, perhaps). Right-wing British bloggers are enjoyably outraged. Thanks to Niko for the tip.

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All hail Emperor Jose Manuel Barroso I! Excelsior!

Thomas the Wraith on July 11, 2007 at 4:47 PM

Wow. Now that’s what I call a botched joke.
-John Kerry

BohicaTwentyTwo on July 11, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Do I looked surprised? (*glare*)

tickleddragon on July 11, 2007 at 4:57 PM

I think many empires would have been jealous of the powers that Brussels wields against the people of the EU….

major john on July 11, 2007 at 4:58 PM

His answer startled many of the journalists present. Barroso’s spokesman, Johannes Laitenberger, afterwards asked some of them not to pay too much attention to the comments.

Heh. We are going to have a press conference. Please ignore what is said.

Spirit of 1776 on July 11, 2007 at 4:59 PM

I think many empires would have been jealous of the powers that Brussels wields against the people of the EU….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6b93w58Ze4about the amount of legislation in UK from Brussels.

Spirit of 1776 on July 11, 2007 at 5:02 PM

Sorry, didn’t close tag above:

Hitchen (Pete)

Spirit of 1776 on July 11, 2007 at 5:03 PM

I don’t know if that French lady is good-looking or if her accent is clouding my judgment.

Nonfactor on July 11, 2007 at 5:04 PM

To paraphrase one of those crappy Star Wars movies:

So this is how liberty dies… with thunderous applause an accidental admission of what everyone knows to be true.

Drew on July 11, 2007 at 5:04 PM

Deck chairs. Titanic. ‘Nuff said.

jaleach on July 11, 2007 at 5:06 PM

I don’t know if that French lady is good-looking or if her accent is clouding my judgment.

Nonfactor on July 11, 2007 at 5:04 PM

The accent is clouding your judgement.

Lawrence on July 11, 2007 at 5:22 PM

The Empire Strikes Back. For Real!

Kini on July 11, 2007 at 5:22 PM

So years ago it wasn’t holy, wasn’t Roman and wasn’t an empire.

Now it’s non-imperial, not all European and not a Union?

Poor Brits, too many Muslims and not enough respect. UK has become the Rodney Dangerfield of Europe.

Hening on July 11, 2007 at 5:25 PM

And then the lady says something like “you have to be either genius or French to understand it”… well, I think that about sums up how stupid it really must be.

Yet… “counties that pool their resources to work together”… isn’t this then a “REPUBLIC”??

But The U.S.A. is a REPUBLIC. So suppose it wouldn’t be seemly for these knotheads to compare their new “Empire” with our currently despised “Republic”.

Lawrence on July 11, 2007 at 5:27 PM

Isn’t an Empire supposed to have an army?

Seems peculiar to talk all this Imperialistic hegemony when they rely on the USA to cover their butts.

naliaka on July 11, 2007 at 5:31 PM

Dear England / Scotland / Ireland / Wales…

We could use 4 new States!

You really don’t want to be ruled by Charles anyway do ya?

Romeo13 on July 11, 2007 at 5:34 PM

The EU empire is a little gay, though, isn’t it?

Dancing stormtroopers all over the streets of London!

lorien1973 on July 11, 2007 at 5:36 PM

I think Yul Brynner said it best:

“So let it be written, so let be done!!!”

I’m just trying to figure out while listening to him: “is he playing the role of Emperor Sidious or Darth Vader when he is explaining his new ‘empire’?”

I kinda feel sorry for the guy. As fast as Muslims are migrating and taking over in places like Paris and London, he might be telling the truth more than he knows. I’d say in about 20-30 years Europe might truly be an empire…..a “Muslim” empire that is!

Planet Boulder on July 11, 2007 at 5:47 PM

A “non-imperialistic empire”?

Only a career bureaucrat who has become accustomed to waving his hand and/or signing a piece of paper to get things done could say that with a straight face. The term “oxymoron” comes to mind, as the only way anyone could be this much of a moron is if he was suffering from deficient oxygen transport to the brain.

I could argue the the European Union crowd (or “Brussels Sprouts”) are very “imperialistic” toward people and countries they disapprove of. (The United States, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and Steven Harper come to mind.) But it’s about to become academic, anyway.

Because within two decades, due to a combination of demographics, repeated “concessions”, and plain, unopposed naked aggression, the region to be known as al-Andalus (formerly Spain) will be the jump-off point for the Islamic reconquest of Europe, as the present generation of “holy warriors” finishes the job that their forebears couldn’t quite pull off in the 13th Century.

This time around I don’t see a Charles Martel in the on-deck circle to stop them at Poitiers’. Unless it’s Sarkozy, and he has a small problem, namely the fact that the entire present French Army is slightly smaller than the Third Herd in total number of men under arms. They’ll need a bit more than that, I suspect.

If Europe is very lucky, the Bundeswehr may have enough throw-weight to keep the Caliphate south and west of the Rhine.

Which means that the Brussels Sprouts will go down in history as the people who were so busy preening themselves over their moral superiority, they never noticed that they were standing on the express track until the train was two feet from them.

I don’t think they’ll be able to jump that fast.

cheers

eon

eon on July 11, 2007 at 5:53 PM

The EU empire is a little gay, though, isn’t it?

No. It’s a lot gay. Just ask Captain Euro’s special friend here.

saint kansas on July 11, 2007 at 6:29 PM

Dear England / Scotland / Ireland / Wales…
We could use 4 new States!
You really don’t want to be ruled by Charles anyway do ya?

I’g go for that. It would be better than living in the European Oligarchy.

aengus on July 11, 2007 at 6:36 PM

I think it’s safe to say that a “non-Imperial Empire” is basically the same thing as a “benevolent dictatorship,” right?

And the problem with those is that the “benevolence” varies with the mood of the leaders. But they never, EVER give up their “dictatorship” without a great deal of violence.

logis on July 11, 2007 at 7:06 PM

If only it was a joke. I am a afraid North America will follow with this foolishness. I never thought much of this One World goverment stuff seemed to sensational, almost comic book like, but now I am.

http://www.augustreview.com/

http://www.pop.org/

Irenaeus on July 11, 2007 at 7:11 PM

Well, see, in a confederation the individual states keep their sovereignty. I think what he was trying to say was that, whether they know it or not, the participants are going to be giving up their sovereignty (I love how he put it though: pooling it) only they’re doing so willingly. Which is unique, because it’s mad.

apollyonbob on July 11, 2007 at 7:17 PM

At least, we in the Commission are proud of it.

Sure they are. If the EU constitution w/b put up for a vote, no country would probalby pass it. Therefore, imperious Sr. José Manuel Barroso, Ms. Angela Merkel and others want to shove it down the throat of the ‘empire subjects’. Herders and sheep, so they think. How aloof. How European. How ‘superior’.

And they preach at the U.S.

Entelechy on July 11, 2007 at 7:25 PM

Which is unique, because it’s mad.

apollyonbob on July 11, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Like the lady said, you have to be either a genius or French to understand it….

Of course, then she said it was just “like a football team.” Add that to her accent, and it’s pretty obvious that she’s French.

logis on July 11, 2007 at 7:36 PM

Sure they are. If the EU constitution w/b put up for a vote, no country would probalby pass it.
Entelechy on July 11, 2007 at 7:25 PM

I may be wrong, but I think that several countries have ratified the EU Constitution. As I understand it, they keep re-submitting it to the rest of the nations pretty much indefinitely.

In other words: the agreement must PASS ratification, but there is no provision for it to FAIL.

logis on July 11, 2007 at 7:40 PM

“We are a nation that has a government – not the other way around.” -Ronald Reagan

aengus on July 11, 2007 at 8:04 PM

Wait, wait, let me get this straight:

US “imperialism,” whose track record is mostly bringing peace and civilization to the world, is bad.

“European” “non-imperial imperialism” is good because the blue helmets now get to rape, pillage, and fail under the auspices of a non-imperial imperial international force? Alrighty.

Anytime You-Rop wants to tussle with the genuine do-gooders in the world, we’ve got a few B-52′s with Brussels’ name on ‘em.

BKennedy on July 11, 2007 at 8:58 PM

Non imperial empire?
how about getting a non-wig wig?

TheSitRep on July 11, 2007 at 9:00 PM

Non imperial empire?
how about getting a non-wig wig?

TheSitRep on July 11, 2007 at 9:00 PM

Do remember that these are the same people who have a Human Rights Council composed of Palestine, Cuba, Zimbabwe, and North Korea.

These are also the people with an economic development council that recently brought on Zimbabwe to give advice, despite Mugabe has only recently destroyed any semblance of an economy in Zimbabwe.

I have a whole satirical post about the UN on my blog, titled The UN SMART Committee. (SMART stands for Silly Morlock Assembly of Rightist Trolls)

The basic thrust is because the UN is so corrupt and inept, if they were to create a committee to showcase how corrupt and inept the rest of the world is, they would actually be doing the world a favor. So inept would they be at finding stupid right-wing shills to serve on the committee, that brilliant thinkers would actually run the committee the UN designed to be incompetent and irrelevant. (Read the satire, it’s much funnier)

BKennedy on July 11, 2007 at 9:19 PM

Dear England / Scotland / Ireland / Wales…

We could use 4 new States!

You really don’t want to be ruled by Charles anyway do ya?

Romeo13 on July 11, 2007 at 5:34 PM

USA: “Ok, we’ll take the Scots, the English and the Welsh – but not the Irish!”

: “Then no deal”

USA: “Alright, the Irish too”

major john on July 11, 2007 at 9:59 PM

logis, you’re right. I should have said “If the EU constitution w/b put up for a vote today“.

Today s/b the key word. Thanks for the catch.

Entelechy on July 11, 2007 at 10:06 PM

I’m sure he meant to say “Caliphate”.

profitsbeard on July 11, 2007 at 10:26 PM

Non-Imperial “Empire”

A construct so vacuous and post-modern as this, could only be uttered without irony by a genius French career politician.

zb42 on July 11, 2007 at 11:05 PM

Do remember that these are the same people who have a Human Rights Council composed of Palestine, Cuba, Zimbabwe, and North Korea.

Are you serious?

A “non”-imperial empire with a “non”-inhuman human rights council?

Sounds like Twilight Zone material to me.

Ryan Gandy on July 11, 2007 at 11:24 PM

Ryan Gandy on July 11, 2007 at 11:24 PM

Check out hotair’s own topic from yesterday:

http://hotair.com/archives/2007/07/10/video-the-un-human-rights-councils-greatest-hits/

Greatest hits include condemnation of country inspectors for Cuba and Sudan, along with your standard “but we must watch the JOOOOOOOOOOS!” rhetoric. Included is diatribes on Human Rights from North Korea.

This is why I’ve been depressed lately. Reality really is imossible to parody. Just when you think “it could never happen,” it happens.

BKennedy on July 11, 2007 at 11:36 PM

… if you want to use that concept of sovereignty

That was my favorite snippet. I think this says it all.

The EU will collapse with the first worldwide recession, of not sooner, and they will make sure that we all get to suffer along with them, the morons.

progressoverpeace on July 12, 2007 at 1:55 AM

The EU will collapse with the first worldwide recession, of not sooner, and they will make sure that we all get to suffer along with them, the morons.
progressoverpeace on July 12, 2007 at 1:55 AM

Every partnership gets along just fine as long as a healthy profit is coming in. When things get tough, that’s when you find out who your friends are.

Unless you’re in a partnership that has no provision for dissolution… That’s when you find out who your ENEMIES are.

logis on July 12, 2007 at 9:32 AM