June 16, 2008

THAT'S WHAT W GETS FOR GOING IT ALONE...:

In New Defense Policy, France Joins Allies (STEVEN ERLANGER and KATRIN BENNHOLD, 6/16/08, NY Times)

In its first new national defense policy in 14 years, France has decided that its security lies within Europe and the NATO alliance, establishing a significant shift from the country’s longstanding notions of moral and military self-sufficiency.

More than four decades ago, Gen. Charles de Gaulle, angry with American and British domination of NATO, said that France’s military integration into the alliance had been “stripped of justification.”

But now that the Soviet Union is gone and the European Union is more fully established, President Nicolas Sarkozy has decided that France is best served by participating fully with Washington and NATO, in part because the vast majority of members of the European Union are also members of the alliance.


...former enemies looking to make sure they're with us next time. If you'd predicted in 2000 that W would get France to join the Axis of Good you'd have been laughed at.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 16, 2008 4:40 PM
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If the reports of the material deterioration of the French military are true, then France tying itself to the US should be seen in a slightly different light - "We can't support both our welfare state and a seperate, credible military. Will you, America, take our place on the wall so we can indulge our welfare state?"

Pathetic. What do we get for this? A broken accordian?

Posted by: Mikey at June 16, 2008 6:51 PM

Harpers Index -

Number of anti-Bush French leaders voted out of office and replaced with pro-American ones: One

Number of anti-Bush German leaders voted out of office and replaced with pro-American ones: One

Number of anti-Bush Canadian leaders voted out of office and replaced with pro-American ones: One

Number of anti-Bush London Mayors voted out of office and replaced with pro-American ones: One

Number of pro-American British Prime Ministers elected in the past decade: Two

Number of pro-American Australian Prime Ministers elected in the past decade: Two

Percentage of Americans who, when asked, "Has George W. Bush harmed relations with our allies?" will answer, "Of course. What, are you crazy??": 90%

Posted by: Andrew X at June 16, 2008 8:14 PM

"Of course. What, are you crazy??": 90%

Most of that 90%, however, don't really care. They want to be left alone.

Posted by: ic at June 17, 2008 1:22 AM
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