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April 21, 2005

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Maggie

Earlier this week President Basescu warned France to stop lecturing Romania about its warm relations with the US and Britain. I expect Taiwan will give voice to the meddling Chirac before the week ends.

Daniel

Yes, and Barnier has made things worse by saying that Mr Basecu doesn't have "A European reflex." Romania and Bulgaria see themselves as free-trade "Atlantists" which is highlighting France's loosening grip on Europe.

As France draws closer to China's knee, I wouldn't be surprised if Japan reacts with some select words of its own.

DensityDuck

What we need to do here, is somehow get George W. Bush to become the Premier of France. Then all the people who can't separate a country from its leader can go scream about a place that deserves it.

Steve

Can France's industries actually secure any international contracts without her politicians bowing and scraping to the globe's dictatorships?

If Chirac would let his higher faculties govern his foreign policies, rather than let his TotalElf Fiina and Airbus body parts drive them, he might gain lasting respect for his nation. Instead his government has the mendacity of a crack dealer in East L.A., and the moral authority of Kim Jong-Il.

And all of it reflects poorly on the wonderful French people.
-Steve

The Indigent Blogger

The Taiwan Relations Act, which requies the U.S. to support Taiwan with arms and defense, could land us in a situation of being in an arms race with Europe through our Chinese proxies. I discuss this in a little more detail on my blog.

Mrs. Davis

Another way to view the EU vote is that if approved, France's influence will be diluted among 24 other nations, most of which have foreign policies not aligned with France. If the EU is rejected, France can continue its machinations full strength with allies Belgium, Spain and Germany. At least the last will abandon the French Connection after its next election. Nonetheless, better a France tied down in Europe than one free to build an alliance of dictators through the Mid East, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

timw

Actually, this could be a brilliant strategy by the Bush administration.

The Bush administration acts like they don't want France to sell arms to China. Therefore, France has no choice but to sell arms to China to prove that it is not a U.S. lapdog.

China is armed with French weapons and equipment.

I don't really see a down side to this strategy.

; -)

Daniel

timw-

A brilliant analysis. I am ashamed that I did not think of it.

Sean P

timw: Interesting theory. I suppose the next step would be for Bush to demand that the French government cease all efforts to train the Chinese military, thus ensuring that China's soldiers are well trained in surrender strategy.

Jerry

Isn't it time to declare war on France or at least try to have the CIA destablize the regime? Well, forget that -- they'd end up strengthening it. But it's easy to see why the British despise the French, the Germans (despite the present relationship) have contempt for their cowardice and we're continually surprised by their next demonstration of moral corruption. Maybe Islamization will straighten them out.

DaveP.

Hey, but the French have John F. Kerry and his Magic Hat on their side! How could they go wrong?

furious_a

Ah, the perfidious French, at least they're consistent...

They betrayed Jean d'Arc to the Burgundians after she saved France from the English.

They sided with the Ottoman Turks against the Hapsburgs during the last Turkish siege of Vienna.

They scuttled their navy rather than sortie it and have it serve under British command in WWII.

They were the first European Axis troops to clash with Americans (in Algeria).

Their Army lasted about half as long against the Wehrmact as did the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

They rounded up French Jews and packed them into eastward-bound cattlecars before the Occupying Germans issued deportation orders.

They armed the Francophone Hutus against the Anglophone Tutsis in the Rwandan Genocide.

Feel free to add to the above list.

Q: Why are French country roads lined with trees?
A: So that France's conquerors can march to Paris in the shade.

"French Army Rifles for Sale -- Never Fired, Only Dropped Once"

The French Terror Alert Status System:

GREEN: Run
YELLOW: Hide
ORANGE: Surrender
RED: Collaborate

Mark Tinder

Steve says that the Taiwan Relations Act "could land us in a situation of being in an arms race with Europe..." That sounds like something from The Onion! Really Steve, should we be concerned about arms competition from the Euros?

Mark Tinder

Oops! I read the address wrong. It wasn't Steve who made the absurd comment; it was The Indigent Blogger (you'll stay that way too, if you keep stating that the EU is a threat to the US).

Mark Tinder

BTW-lest we get TOO smug about the irrelevant French, remember that their Exocet missile is not an inconsequential weapon, as the British learned the hard way in the Falklands.

Maggie

Great comments all. I am amused with all the talk of the EU....in fact what Chirac wants is to be the President of the United States of Europe.

Unfortunately for him the "new" europe states are on a different page than my "favorite" frog.

David All

As the British say:
Vive La Frogs!

The Indigent Blogger

Mark Tinder, I wasn't indicating that the EU was a threat to the US, they are too busy being a threat to themselves. However, the Taiwan Relations Act obligates the U.S. to supply Taiwan with all the weapons they need to defend against the Chinese and European weapons that China will have aimed at them.

By the way, I have no intention of ever being anything but indigent. After all, indigence is bliss.

rosignol

Can France's industries actually secure any international contracts without her politicians bowing and scraping to the globe's dictatorships?
-Steve


This is nothing new. I refer you to a comment made around a century ago:


"France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. France has usually been governed by prostitutes."
-Mark Twain

Lisa

What a brilliant insert of a Twain quote!

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