Skip to comments.The French Disconnection (John F'n Kerry's sad delusion)
Posted on 09/28/2004 10:55:18 PM PDT by quidnunc
Despite John Kerry's efforts to ingratiate himself with French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Paris and Berlin avail themselves of every opportunity to disabuse the Massachusetts Democrat of his No. 1 foreign policy fantasy: that, if he is elected president, they will significantly increase their assistance to Iraq and enable the United States to reduce its presence there.
Last week, Mr. Kerry declared that the United States "must make Iraq the world's responsibility" and "I will lead our allies to share the burden." Mr. Schroeder promptly punctured Mr. Kerry's balloon: "We won't send any German soldiers to Iraq, and that's where it's going to remain." French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said his government had no plans to send troops "either now or later."
Mr. Kerry's ideological soulmates in Europe welcome the fact that he is harshly critical of President Bush's conduct of the war and denounces him for being insufficiently deferential to France and Germany. But they have no intention of putting troops on the ground to help the war effort. Mr. Kerry's suggestions that Europe might be willing to share the military burden in Iraq "seemed enough to make Kerry's continental friends cringe," the International Herald Tribune reported yesterday.
For months, Mr. Kerry and his advisers have clung to the notion that France and Germany might ride to the rescue in Iraq despite the near-total absence of evidence that this could happen.
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My dad was in WWII he told me that the Frenchies idea of an attack was to lean forward in their fox holes.
Sounds like a Kerry approach to me!
If the Iraqi government were to link future oil or other contracts of any sort to current military or economic support, then we might see some movement by France or Germany short of troops. As it is though, we can expect nothing. So be it. Kerry's pleadings on this matter weaken his credibility.
"My dad was in WWII he told me that the Frenchies idea of an attack was to lean forward in their fox holes."
Hahaha! Truly a classic!
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