18 September 2003

At least it's a weak country this time

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It's time we Americans came to terms with something: France is not just our annoying ally. It is not just our jealous rival. France is becoming our enemy. If you add up how France behaved in the run-up to the Iraq war (making it impossible for the Security Council to put a real ultimatum to Saddam Hussein that might have avoided a war), and if you look at how France behaved during the war (when its foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, refused to answer the question of whether he wanted Saddam or America to win in Iraq), and if you watch how France is behaving today (demanding some kind of loopy symbolic transfer of Iraqi sovereignty to some kind of hastily thrown together Iraqi provisional government, with the rest of Iraq's transition to democracy to be overseen more by a divided U.N. than by America), then there is only one conclusion one can draw: France wants America to fail in Iraq.
Since the failure of the Anglosphere in Iraq would harm Europe and especially France more than the Anglosphere, this is not even real politic but basically spite. Stunning that this was published in the ??New York Times??.
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Don't let the door hit you on the way out

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Ex-President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that New Yorkers would forgive his wife if she broke her promise to serve out a full six year term in the U.S. Senate and instead decided to run for president next year.
One of the other "commentors":http://theflagoftheworld.blogspot.com/ expressed exactly my first though upon reading this -- if I were an upstate New York Republican, I'd certainly forgive Hillary Clinton running for President instead of being my Senator. Heck, I'd send her a thank you note!
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EUlite rescues Europeans from consquences of ‘false consciousness’

"EU officials are already talking about allowing countries to put the proposed constitution to voters two or three times until they come up with the right answer. "
-- "Asia Financial Times":http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1059479854833
"The European Commission called yesterday for the abolition of the national veto in all constitutional matters"
-- "Daily Telegraph":http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$IGKEEQZURLA4DQFIQMFCFGGAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2003/09/18/wec18.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/09/18/ixnewstop.html [source]
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