The article basically states that former President Bush was defending George W.’s attitude toward Europe. He cited W.’s work with the Spanish Prime Minister on the Iraq issue as an example. Of course, the Spanish agreed with Bush, so that’s not saying much. The article then talks about the reason why the elder Bush was saying anything at all:
President Bush rankled many in Europe by refusing to join the Kyoto accord on global warming (news – web sites) and the International Criminal Court. Then his defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, famously wrote off Germany and France as “old Europe.”
Couple that with the fact that most of Europe was against the war in Iraq, and you can see why Europeans are not really bullish on W. In fact, it’s hard to say how W. is “misunderstood” here, when his decisions have been counter to most of Europe’s.