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Sarkozy's Seismic Shift Has Given New Life To Bush's Mideast Policy
IBD ^ | September 27, 2007 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 09/27/2007 6:43:41 PM PDT by Kaslin

Ahmadinejad at Columbia provided the entertainment, but Sarkozy at the U.N. provided the substance. On the largest possible stage — the U.N. General Assembly — President Nicolas Sarkozy put Iran on notice.

His predecessor, Jacques Chirac, had said that France could live with an Iranian nuclear bomb. Sarkozy said that France cannot. He declared Iran's nuclear ambitions "an unacceptable risk to stability in the region and in the world."

His foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, had earlier said that the world faces two choices — successful diplomacy to stop Iran's nuclear program or war. And Sarkozy himself has no great hopes for the Security Council, where China and Russia are blocking any effective action against Iran. He does hope to get the European Union to join the U.S. in imposing serious sanctions.

"Weakness and renunciation do not lead to peace," he warned. "They lead to war." This warning about appeasement was intended particularly for Germany, which for commercial reasons has been resisting U.S. pressure to support effective sanctions.

Sarkozy is no American lap dog. Like every Fifth Republic president, he begins with the notion of French exceptionalism. But whereas traditional Gaullism tended to define French grandeur as establishing a counterweight to American power, Sarkozy is not adverse to seeing French assertiveness exercised in conjunction with the United States.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; france; kouchner; krauthammer; middleeast
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1 posted on 09/27/2007 6:43:46 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Welcome to the fight, Sarko. Good to have you.


2 posted on 09/27/2007 6:46:06 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mitt bit the apple. Hillary will stuff it down your throat!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Do you have any Army, Navy or Air Force or did Chirac pull a Clinton with your miliary.


3 posted on 09/27/2007 6:47:48 PM PDT by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches - hard to get rid of.)
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To: Kaslin

If Hillary is elected President, Sarkozy will be the leader of the free world.


4 posted on 09/27/2007 6:51:43 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Kaslin
I hope the rest of France sees things like Sarkozy. We shall see. A huge improvement, nonetheless.
5 posted on 09/27/2007 6:53:07 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: Kaslin

Sarkozy must be the Left’s least popular foreign leader.


6 posted on 09/27/2007 6:53:26 PM PDT by popdonnelly (No more no win wars.)
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To: Kaslin

Isn’t it great to have France, with Sarko at the helm on board in such a dangerous world?

His courage, political brilliance, and sanity are so welcome after the Mitterand and Chirac curruption regimes.

To keep informed, please FReepMail me to get on the French Ping List .


7 posted on 09/27/2007 6:56:45 PM PDT by Cincinna (HILLARY & HER HINO :: Keep the Arkansas Grifters out of the White house.)
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To: Kaslin

doncha know Bush has alienated all the other countries? Unless you count Australia, Britain, Poland, etc.....and oh yeah now France !


8 posted on 09/27/2007 6:57:13 PM PDT by fifthestate
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To: Kaslin
We evidently lost Britain, but gained France. Not sure yet whether it was a good trade or not!! Time will tell -

Article posted on FR today: "Britain Cautious On New Iran Sanctions"

9 posted on 09/27/2007 6:59:40 PM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out of Qurans)
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To: Kaslin

USA, FRANCE, and the Aussies. Hey we are not doing all that bad...


10 posted on 09/27/2007 7:02:47 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Kaslin

And people around me don’t understand why I’ve quit complaining about the french and occasionally utter ‘Vive la France!’


11 posted on 09/27/2007 7:10:34 PM PDT by DancesWithBolsheviks (Ignoring agression does not produce peace.)
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To: Kaslin
God Bless yah, Sir!

And may I say it's GREAT being able to buy French Bordeaux again, too, Sir ;-)

12 posted on 09/27/2007 7:12:59 PM PDT by NordP (No running or relenting. The problem will be dealt with. Decisively. Systematically. Permanently.)
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To: fifthestate
Unless you count Australia, Britain, Poland, etc.....and oh yeah now France!

Just about everything I've seen and heard from Brown and about Brown strongly suggests to me that he's limp- wristed and will prove to be no Churchill and no Blair.And it's been suggested by at least one Aussie Freeper (naturalman1975) that Howard's likely to lose the upcoming Australian elections.But France and Poland sure look solid.

13 posted on 09/27/2007 7:13:54 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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To: Kaslin

With Great Britain sliding into the Islamo-Facsist camp there is a nice opening becoming available for France to rejoin the real world.


14 posted on 09/27/2007 7:16:42 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.)
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To: Iron Munro
Is it OK to buy French wine again? Or is the boycott still on?
15 posted on 09/27/2007 7:27:41 PM PDT by gene from fl
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To: Kaslin

And this is one of the reasons I wanted sarkozy elected for years.


16 posted on 09/27/2007 7:31:39 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (A government thatís big enough to do everything for us is powerful enough to do anything to us.- F.T)
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To: Kaslin

Vive la Sarkozy!


17 posted on 09/27/2007 7:34:29 PM PDT by So Circumstanced
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To: popdonnelly
Sarkozy must be the Left’s least popular foreign leader.

He's french - they love him.

18 posted on 09/27/2007 7:37:30 PM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: Kaslin

This is not only good news for the world’s fight against Islamonazism but also offers a ray of hope that IF Mrs. Josephine Stalin is elected Pres. of the US, that the country can swing back away from the Left and elect a President who can fix the damage she is bound to cause.

Hey, if the French can do it...


19 posted on 09/27/2007 7:37:49 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: Kaslin
Sarkozy said:"Weakness and renunciation do not lead to peace," he warned. "They lead to war."

I ask all FReepers to email this article to at least 2 or more moonbat friends that you may know. I have already.

France has BALLS and is pro-Bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glory days!

20 posted on 09/27/2007 7:42:42 PM PDT by avacado
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