December 27, 2009

BUSHTALGIA:

Sarkozy goes cool on relationship with Obama (Ben Hall, December 27 2009, Financial Times)

“He has now shifted from a pro-Bush position to an anti-Obama position,” said Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, international affairs spokesman for the opposition Socialists. “Neither France nor the western world have anything to gain from Barack Obama’s failure. It seems as if the president is betting on this failure, which isolates France in Europe.”

The French government has refused a US request to send more fighting troops to Afghanistan, while several other European allies are planning to do so.

Mr Sarkozy has expressed his frustration at the White House’s perceived equivocation over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the priority that Mr Obama attaches to the long-term goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.

Mr Sarkozy’s frustration boiled over in September in a remarkably barbed speech to the UN General Assembly.

“We are right to talk about the future but before the future there is the present, and the present is two major nuclear crises,” Mr Sarkozy said, alluding to Iran and North Korea. “We are living in a real world, not a virtual world,” he added, in a clear dig at Mr Obama’s disarmament ambitions.


In fairness to the UR, it's hardly fair to compare him to W, the best friend our allies have ever had. If Mr. Obama is just a Bush Sr. or a Clinton they should be pleased.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 27, 2009 4:45 PM
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