Sarkozy: Obama an empty suit on foreign policy

posted at 8:10 am on October 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

According to Ha’aretz, the Israeli government has information that Nicolas Sarkozy has derided Barack Obama as an empty suit on foreign policy.  The French president, who has worked hard to bring his country closer to the center-right policies of strength especially on Iran and Israel, considers Obama “utterly immature” in this arena:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is very critical of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama’s positions on Iran, according to reports that have reached Israel’s government.

Sarkozy has made his criticisms only in closed forums in France. But according to a senior Israeli government source, the reports reaching Israel indicate that Sarkozy views the Democratic candidate’s stance on Iran as “utterly immature” and comprised of “formulations empty of all content.”

Obama visited Paris in July, and the Iranian issue was at the heart of his meeting with Sarkozy. At a joint press conference afterward, Obama urged Iran to accept the West’s proposal on its nuclear program, saying that Iran was creating a serious situation that endangered both Israel and the West.  According to the reports reaching Israel, Sarkozy told Obama at that meeting that if the new American president elected in November changed his country’s policy toward Iran, that would be “very problematic.”

Can anyone blame him?  Europe does not want direct presidential-level negotiations with Iran — they want the mullahcracy isolated.  They need American strength behind that position in order to wring concessions from the ruling Guardian Council.  With the price of oil plummeting over the past two months, the economic sanctions on Iran finally have a chance to bite the mullahs hard.  Obama’s stated policy would undo everything just at the moment that it has a chance of producing real change.

In fact, Sarkozy believes that Obama would wind up being more unilateral than George Bush in his foreign policy.  When a French politician uses the word “arrogant” as an accusation, that means something.  Apparently, their brief meeting during the Obama World Tour did not set Sarkozy’s mind at ease.  He saw something that makes him extremely uneasy with Obama in charge of American diplomacy.

Formulations empty of all content.  Sounds familiar, no?  It has the ring of Hope and Change.


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I knew I liked that guy!

Viva Sarkozy!

lisalj on October 28, 2008 at 12:35 PM

mags said:

With this new found respect for France(by the way right of centre here-u.k and europe is on a different scale to the U.S).Maybe you could apoligise for the attacks and boycott’s called by your nation when France chose not to agree to the brillently conceived ,excellent execution that is the Iraq war.

Gee, the French administration prior to Sarkozy had a bit different outlook on the world – shall we say cynical?

- violate weapons embargoes on Iraq and continue to provide weapons and spare parts
- provide technical assistance to Iraq though technicians and experts on the ground
- provide Iraq with military intelligence
- provide safe harbor for billions of $ stolen through the Oil for Food program
- negotiating with Saddam for oil field production and exploration rights
- France siding with Russia in the UN to hinder economic, diplomatic and military actions against Iraq while Iraq was violating UN sanctions on a daily basis
- etc.

Yeah, it is REALLY amazing that we’d view Sarkozy with a different eye.

mags, are you really that stupid or just a useful tool?

in_awe on October 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

As an American … all I can say is ….

Mercy Beau Coup!

:P

HondaV65 on October 28, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Birth of the U.S. moving clip.

Thank You!

Monas on October 28, 2008 at 12:51 PM

With this new found respect for France(by the way right of centre here-u.k and europe is on a different scale to the U.S).Maybe you could apoligise for the attacks and boycott’s called by your nation when France chose not to agree to the brillently conceived ,excellent execution that is the Iraq war.

mags on October 28, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Firstly, boycotts were called for by individuals in this nation and not “by [our] nation”. So there is no need for national penance.

Secondly, those boycotts were called for during a different administration with a slightly different point of view. If the POV changes and we like the new POV, why would we need to apologize for disliking the previous one?

And finally, it’s dishonest to pretend that France opposed the war in Iraq because they didn’t believe it would work without at least a shout out to the sweet oil contracts the Iraqis were giving the French. I certainly don’t blame the Iraqis for not wanting to reward the U.S. with sweet deals, but, let’s not pretend that France was operating under the purest of motives.

JadeNYU on October 28, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Chapeau (hat’s off!) to Sarkozy!

We all saw the photo-ops of Obama shaking hands with Sarkozy this summer, but what did Sarko tell Obama in private?

While the MSM has been gushing over Europeans being alienated by Bush’s foreign policy, Europeans have been electing hawkish, conservative leaders (Merkel in 2006, Sarkozy and Berlusconi in 2007), and Britain may soon turn Tory now that Tony Blair is out.

Sarkozy might have “buttered up” Obama last summer, just in case, but he’s probably secretly rooting for McCain. Those missile defenses in Poland that Obama calls “useless” might come in handy if A’jad gets a nuke!

Steve Z on October 28, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Barry was an empty vessel at the beginning of his political journey. Now he’s utterly full of crap from all the unsavory characters he used as stepping stones to get to where he is.
I’m surprised that Sarkozy spoke ‘ill’ of BO; I thought that France already annoited The One as President of the World.
Apparently I haven’t been paying attention to the nuances.

Christine on October 28, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Of course Sarkozy thinks Obama is an idiot and a ridiculous candidate…Sarkozy is white, therefore he is a rabid RACIST!!

SaintOlaf on October 28, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Sarkozy just doesn’t know what it’s like to grow up in America as a RACIST BLACK POWER, ISLAMO-MARXIST MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE….Sarkozy should try stepping out of the box and being more TOLERANT.

SaintOlaf on October 28, 2008 at 1:53 PM

So you are telling me now that other countries leaders opinion’s of U.S presidents should be encouraged and taken
seriously.

For the last eight years it’s been Obama supporters and people like you that have been obsessed with currying favor with world opinion. As such, that should give Obama supporters a moment of pause before they pull the lever for a man thought of as a joke abroad, no?

With this new found respect for France(by the way right of centre here-u.k and europe is on a different scale to the U.S).Maybe you could apoligise for the attacks and boycott’s called by your nation when France chose not to agree to the brillently conceived ,excellent execution that is the Iraq war.

Iraq today is an unqualified and largely American success. Deal with it.

The country is in far better straits than Afghanistan. a nation where NATO’s “brilliantly conceived and excellently executed” operations have left much of the south in the hands of the Taliban.

Mike Honcho on October 28, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Oh goody! Now we get to see all the dirt on France dug up and displayed.

BL@KBIRD on October 28, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Monsieur Obama est un chiffre. – - Monsieur Sarkozy

Entelechy on October 28, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Oh goody! Now we get to see all the dirt on France dug up and displayed.

BL@KBIRD on October 28, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Maybe Obama will just refuse to meet with him, like those TV stations.

Badger40 on October 28, 2008 at 4:08 PM

I`m writting in Sarkozys name on the 4th.

ThePrez on October 28, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Meh. I’d rather Sarko just keep his mouth shut. I mean, sure, I agree with him, but it’s hypocritical for me to encourage this when I routinely blast all the Eurotrash that fawns over Democrats for interfering in our elections.

Red Cloud on October 28, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Nice tie in here on the economic collapse… Soros, who else?

http://www.aim.org/aim-column/whos-behind-the-economic-collapse/

CapedConservative on October 28, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Here also…

Kevin in Washington State on October 28, 2008 at 4:29 PM

What do we know about Barack Hussein Obama?

Obamalies or Lies Obama Tells
http://www.nextgenerationcorp.com/NextGenBlog/?p=73

The videos that will cause Barack Obama to lose the election.
http://www.nextgenerationcorp.com/NextGenBlog/?p=68

2008. The Year The ONE … Lost.

Vote for and elect John McCain — Honesty, Integrity and a true Patriot.

AdrianS on October 28, 2008 at 4:31 PM

So, America finally has an ally in France, but the possible president of this nation will screw that up.

Nice.

madmonkphotog on October 28, 2008 at 5:01 PM

sdd:

Your scenario is silly. Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the rest Sunnidom hate and fear Iran. The only Sunni’s who support the Iran are the idiot Palestinians who Iran would sacrfice in a heartbeat. The most likely Sunni reaction to an Israeli strike on Iran would be hold their collective breaths and root for the Iranians to do something stupid and get nuked.

jerryofva on October 28, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Well, looks like Obama is going to have to do some serious sitting down and meeting with Sarkozy without preconditions.

CC – BHO: “my Muslim faith”

CapedConservative on October 28, 2008 at 6:29 PM

A stinky with balls?

Wow.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on October 28, 2008 at 6:31 PM

You know its bad when a Frenchman calls you a pussy…

Wyznowski on October 28, 2008 at 12:12 PM

I have my new bumper sticker.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on October 28, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Wasn’t Chirac just the French Obama? Full of style but no substance?

Speedwagon82 on October 28, 2008 at 7:07 PM

Obama- huis clos.

profitsbeard on October 28, 2008 at 7:13 PM

thats kind of funny, Obama being disrespected by the French…heh heh heh.

mindhacker on October 28, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Face it. Nearly half the country wants to go socialist RIGHT NOW. And most of those wouldn’t mind rewriting the consitution to do it. That’s staggering.

This is a long-term war we’re in, and this is just the first battle. It’s not gonna get easier.

wccawa on October 28, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Act II: Europe drifts from the US orbit to Russia’s. The One is serenely unconcerned. Idiot.

dhimwit on October 28, 2008 at 8:02 PM

Sarkozy… a Frenchman with insight and balls. Let’s roll!!

hopefloats on October 28, 2008 at 8:38 PM

Maybe the French can come to our rescue again. It’s been a long time since they blocked the British navy so that we could win the revolution. They’re due to help us out this election cycle.

If BHO gets elected expect:

Russian missiles in Cuba
Russian attack of a former Eastern block nation
An attack on Israel by Iran and Syria
A Venezuelan attack of its neighbor(s)
A proto drug cartel state within a state of Mexico
Terrorist attacks in the United States
etc… etc… ALL AT THE SAME TIME

Everybody knows that Obama will do NOTHING!

Mojave Mark on October 28, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Why would the State Dept help with foreign money come into our country for Barack Obama?

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5868

Dr Evil on October 28, 2008 at 9:48 PM

Obama urged Iran to accept the West’s proposal on its nuclear program, saying that Iran was creating a serious situation that endangered both Israel and the West.

Iran must be horrified at the prospect of endangering Israel and the West.

mike_NC9 on October 29, 2008 at 1:05 AM

When a French politician uses the word “arrogant” as an accusation, that means something. Apparently, their brief meeting during the Obama World Tour did not set Sarkozy’s mind at ease. He saw something that makes him extremely uneasy with Obama in charge of American diplomacy.

Well said. Sums up the situation efficiently as could be.

I’ve always intuited Sarkozy as a substantial guy not contradicted by his charm. I mean by that, oftentimes charm is used to deflect closer analysis (for instance, as in the personality of Barry Soetoro/Barack O), while in Sarkozy’s case, he seems genuinely charming while also carrying a relatively large stick of ethics.

I like Sarkozy, let me put it that way. I was intrigued a month ago to hear his immensely interesting speech from Paris about laissete.

S on October 29, 2008 at 3:49 AM

September speech by Sarkozy, that is.

S on October 29, 2008 at 3:50 AM

Story…

Sarko was widely reproached for infringing the doctrine of laicité, the 1905 law that keeps religion out of all official aspects of the Republic. As an example of how this works, Charles de Gaulle, a very practising Catholic, did not take communion in public when he was president. Hardline republicains say that Sarko is trying to restore the church to the privileged role that it played in the empire of Napoleon Bonaparte. Interestingly, the Garde Républicaine band played The Emperor’s March straight after the two anthems as the Pope reviewed the honour guard at the airport.

Sarkozy’s doctrine of “laicité positive”, as he calls it, means recognising that religion — whether Christian, Muslim or any other — has a valuable role in public life. “It is in the interest of the Republic that there are a lot of men and women who believe,” he said in Rome. He compounded his offence in the eyes of France’s leftwing, anti-clerical education establishment by saying that “the primary school teacher will never replace the priest” as a moral tutor for children.

Sarkozy has asserted the “right” or hierarchy of religious education versus the trend in denying same in public education.

S on October 29, 2008 at 3:53 AM

Will the real Mr. Bean please stand up.

Kini on October 29, 2008 at 3:54 AM

Sarkozy… a Frenchman with insight and balls. Let’s roll!!

hopefloats on October 28, 2008 at 8:38 PM

Haha, there ya’ go, well said.

S on October 29, 2008 at 3:55 AM

It would take a lot more than this for France to go on the leftists’ poop-list. It also won’t make a whit of difference in Obama’s popularity amongst idgits.

aero on October 28, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Think about this: the Pope celebrated Mass in Paris for the first time in…years just this past September, Sarkozy genuinely and warmly received Pope Benedict in France at that time (and continues to welcome him there), the Church is rightfully and logically disagreable as to both Barack and Biden and their positions on abortion.

So, things are looking up.

S on October 29, 2008 at 3:59 AM

Story: “Pope backs Sarkozy in faith and politics row

S on October 29, 2008 at 4:01 AM

Well he did lie about NAFTA. Oh wait, that was just “overheated campaign rhetoric.”

Gee, who would have guessed that a state senator who, 143 days into his first term of national office, would be an empty suit on foreign policy?

Proof positive that Americans prefer style over substance.

rbj on October 28, 2008 at 8:28 AM

People, read this…

And this, CO-WORKERS: ‘OBAMA INFLATED HIS RESUME

Seems he’s been inflating his entire life about who he is, what his circumstances are or were and who he knows and doesn’t know. I am SURE that this is the character (or, rather, lack thereof) that Sarkozy readily perceived and understands about “Barack Obama”.

This level of deception (deceiving by small steps persistently over decades creates a substantial deceiver, not that the first is any less than the whole) easily fools gullible people (thus, popularity by Obama with impressionable people, emotionally agitated people, and why Obama presses the underlying race issues), but it doesn’t fool the likes of Sarkozy, who, I also am willing to guess, is a rugged guy underneath that charm (as I was earlier suggesting).

S on October 29, 2008 at 4:11 AM

Neither Sarkozy nor Merkel are impressed by Obama Straw Man. Neither is the entire population of Israel.

maverick muse on October 28, 2008 at 8:38 AM

I am very pleased to read that.
;)

S on October 29, 2008 at 4:14 AM

obama no merci beaucoup campaign song

what the french think of obama

http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/obama_no_merci_beaucoup_campaign_song/

unseen on October 28, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Excellent (guy’s got a great voice, too).

S on October 29, 2008 at 4:24 AM

Who knew that France could save us?

pt on October 28, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Well, it’s happened before. Peaks and valleys.

S on October 29, 2008 at 4:32 AM

But BHO is a first-class empty suit.

progressoverpeace on October 29, 2008 at 5:02 AM

You know its bad when a Frenchman calls you a pussy…

Wyznowski on October 28, 2008 at 12:12 PM
I have my new bumper sticker.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on October 28, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Lmao, that’s brilliant guys!

Aylios on October 29, 2008 at 5:39 AM

Your scenario is silly.

jerryofva on October 28, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Yep. You’re right. Nothing like that could ever happen. Forget I even brought it up.

sdd on October 29, 2008 at 7:35 AM

Sarkozy views the Democratic candidate’s stance on Iran as “utterly immature” and comprised of “formulations empty of all content.”

In a similar story linked by Drudge:

Speaking in July 2007 at a conference of Planned Parenthood, [Obama] said: “[W]e need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that’s the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges.”

Call this Empty Suit part II. Decide cases in favor of the little guy. We can call this moving towards a nation of men, even if it’s the little man, and away from a nation of laws.

Sure he’s charming, charismatic, glib, and smooth, but does anyone who’s voting for him realize he’s a stupid fool? Foreign policy, domestic policy, the most basic errors, positions without content, naive, stupid, or in the case of the courts, a nation of men not laws, blatantly unconstitutional. Obama is a walking disaster waiting to happen.

Paul-Cincy on October 29, 2008 at 9:34 AM

With a President Obama, expect policy to go off the cliff, stage left.

Paul-Cincy on October 29, 2008 at 9:36 AM

An update worth noting from the French Embassy in Israel:

The remarks attributed by the newspaper Haaretz to the president of the French Republic concerning Sen. Obama’s positions on Iran are groundless. To the contrary, the in-depth discussions between the president of the Republic and Sen. Obama on Iran during their meeting in Paris in July demonstrated a broad convergence of views on this issue. President Sarkozy and Sen. Obama agree to oppose Iran’s development of a military nuclear capability.

starfleet_dude on October 29, 2008 at 10:01 AM

So, America finally has an ally in France, but the possible president of this nation will screw that up.

Nice.

madmonkphotog on October 28, 2008 at 5:01 PM

America no, conservatives yes.

And just remember this info came via Israel. Israel better be extremely careful in trying to influence US elections. If Obama does win, I wouldn’t blame him for retaliating against Israel for this stunt.

starfleet_dude on October 29, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Thanks for the info.

barry norris on October 29, 2008 at 11:54 AM

If Obama does win, I wouldn’t blame him for retaliating against Israel for this stunt.

barry norris on October 29, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Everyone knows that Israel is f#cked if BHO gets into office. That was always the case.

But it’s nice to know that BHO has your okay, now.

progressoverpeace on October 29, 2008 at 11:59 AM

In-awe,jadenyu,mike honcho,
Following 9/11 many including me cried,to this day i can’t look at images or hear any of those poor people’s phone calls.

France said ‘we are all American’s’.There were long que’s around the world to sign condolences books.
Even Iran had candlelit virgil’s,even the relgious leaders strongly condemned it.

The U.S has no moral standing to say France was making money in Iraq and that’s why they didn’t support it.

The U.S sold the gas to saddam that he used to kill the Kurds.The U.S supported and funded Iraq’s war with Iran including chemical weapon’s that were used against Iranian civilians.

Don’t get me started on Saudia Arabia.

Others countries as well as France were saying there wasn’t WMD in Iraq.

Remember those drawings of mobile weapon’s factories? That came from a french ‘informer’.France’s intelligence’s services warned he was a fantasist and do not put great importance to his information.
This man was in France and the C.I.A didn’t even go to interview him.

Saying that you don’t give a shit about other countries weaken’s you.
Do you want shared intelligence,places to fuel,air space to fly,detail’s of people coming in to your country?

France suffered greatly after ww1,they lost a generation and were ill equiped.
The German army overwhelmed them with boots on ground.You have no right mock them,where was the U.S.?

Blame their leaders but do not besmirch the French and other countries losses and sacrifice’s.

Many very young soldiers practicaly ran into bayonets to push back Germany and we here in the U.K will be remembering these shortly on Armistice Sunday ,including U.S losses.Go and get a poppy.

mags on October 29, 2008 at 1:25 PM

mags,

You have tried to change the topic from France’s unwillingness to support implementation of responses to numerous violations of the UN sanctions and the terms of surrender in 1993 to French soldiers’ sacrifices in World War I and WWII? And the reaction French citizens (not government – citizens)to 9/11. Say what?

Back on topic, you failed to address the pertinent issues as to why we might view Sarkozy differently than his predecessors. Let me remind you:

The French administration prior to Sarkozy had a bit different outlook on the world – shall we say cynical?

- violate weapons embargoes on Iraq and continue to provide weapons and spare parts
- provide technical assistance to Iraq though technicians and experts on the ground
- provide Iraq with military intelligence
- provide safe harbor for billions of $ stolen through the Oil for Food program
- negotiating with Saddam for oil field production and exploration rights
- France siding with Russia in the UN to hinder economic, diplomatic and military actions against Iraq while Iraq was violating UN sanctions on a daily basis
- etc.

Yeah, it is REALLY amazing that we’d view Sarkozy with a different eye.

in_awe on October 29, 2008 at 6:16 PM

So nice to see Obama already improving our reputation around the world.

eeyore on October 29, 2008 at 6:16 PM

lol. when the french nail ya, it’s time to quit.

Black Adam on October 29, 2008 at 6:23 PM

In awe.
Sorry if you think i rambled all over the place. I am not saying that France’s action’s in the oil for food program with the U.N is acceptable.

What i am whining about is U.S double standards and hypocrisy in your foreign policy.

So, are saying Sarkozy as a right wing leader is the same as your right wing.American’s seem to want to label others but in absolutes.

Pro American/Anti-American Good v Evil, Left v Right,we in the U.k don’t define ourselves like that.

Although right wing his politic’s don’t match yours.

Inclusive welfare,labour friendly including a 35 hour week.
Advocates taxes at 60%.
Supported kyoto ,pro enviroment,free health care for immigrant’s.

He is on record saying that it was a good decision to keep France out of iraq.
It just seems that you think he is wise only when he is saying thing’s that you like.

mags on October 29, 2008 at 10:15 PM

As an American … all I can say is ….

Mercy Beau Coup!

Exactly!
Second look at French fries?

jgapinoy on October 29, 2008 at 11:43 PM

Maybe it’s just my cynical nature, but does anyone else wonder if Obama’s plan is for Biden to die early in his adminstration so that he can appoint the person he really wants as VP. Maybe Ayers?

MarkTheGreat on October 28, 2008 at 8:27 AM

It’s not just you.

baldilocks on October 30, 2008 at 12:48 AM

There’s no way I am going to watch that stupid piece of trash infomercial. But I have to ask those who have seen it, did they put a soft halo glow around his head?

ErinF on October 30, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Check this out from the best Bible prophecy website on the Internet in my opinion. Latest Prophecy Commentary:

America’s new French connection: Sarkozy and Obama prepare combination to save the world

Calvary Prophecy Report — Up To The Minute Prophecy News

apacalyps on October 30, 2008 at 3:34 PM

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