March 12, 2009

THE WORLD W LEFT BEHIND:

Sarkozy Breaks with De Gaulle and Tradition: France wants to give up its special role after 43 years and reintegrate into all structures of NATO. The decision by President Nicolas Sarkozy represents a break from his predecessors, but it has drawn heavy criticism across partisan lines in Paris. (Stefan Simons, 3/12/09, Der Spiegel)

Citing his "responsibility for the nation's strategic decisions" and noting that strategic conditions in the world have changed considerably, Sarkozy pledged France's "full commitment" at the side of its partners -- 43 years after former President and General Charles de Gaulle withdrew France from the Atlantic alliance.

France's reintegration into NATO creates a largely symbolic orientation, with which Sarkozy, a committed friend of the United States (and Israel), seeks to liberate himself from the doubts of his European friends. [...]

Now Paris has put an end to the "French exception" and is turning its back on an "anti-American" reflex.


Imagine how confused people will be a generation from now when they try to reconcile Sarkozy, Merkel, Harper, etc. with the Left's mantra that W alienated our allies?

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Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2009 6:24 AM
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