December 14, 2004


France in Pain (Robert D. Blackwill, December 12, 2004, Washington Post)

After recently spending nearly two weeks in Paris and having many conversations with old friends from France's national security elite, I conclude that intellectually, most French want the Bush administration to succeed in Iraq. But emotionally, many want it to fail.

In pain? Give us a call when it's in flames.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 14, 2004 5:39 PM

What Mr. Blackwill describes has a name. It's called "envy."

Posted by: ras at December 14, 2004 5:54 PM

We should send Bill Clinton there to feel their pain.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at December 14, 2004 9:57 PM

> send Bill Clinton

On a one-way ticket!

Posted by: at December 15, 2004 1:16 AM

I second that emotion.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at December 15, 2004 2:56 AM

The French elite is completely off the rails in its hatred of the Anglo-Saxons and American 'hyper-power' that they are thinking even less clearly and are more divorced from reality than usual. They see their influence shrinking rapidly across the globe, they are overmatched economically by Italy and Britain, let alone Germany. They are at the end of their military power when confronted by Ivorian irregulars. They are afraid of going the way of the wooly mammoth.

All they can do is go to the UN, and we just ignore them there too.

Posted by: Bart at December 15, 2004 9:18 AM