France leading effort against Iran?

posted at 1:05 pm on October 1, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

How long before the French start calling Americans “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”?  All right, I admit it will probably be “cheeseburger-eating,” but the opportunity for payback may exist if Nicolas Sarkozy continues to take the lead in pushing Iran on compliance with the nuclear non-proliferation pact.  The Washington Post reports that Sarkozy has become frustrated with a weak American and Western approach and wants more robust action against Tehran:

Under President Nicolas Sarkozy, France has adopted an increasingly hard-edged approach to Iran, often out ahead of the Obama administration with uncompromising language criticizing Iranian leaders and warning that their nuclear program threatens world peace.

The French attitude reflects Sarkozy’s assessment that acquiescing to unsupervised nuclear development by Tehran would be perilous, risking an Israeli attack on Iranian installations and increasing instability in the Middle East. In addition, French analysts said, Sarkozy feels that Europe got nowhere with Iran in several years of what was called “constructive dialogue” and that it is time to move on to stronger measures in tandem with Washington.

As a result, French diplomats at a crucial meeting Thursday in Geneva are likely to push for swift, punitive sanctions unless Iran pledges unequivocally to open its entire nuclear program to international inspection to ensure Tehran is not developing atomic weapons. Jean-Pierre Maulny, a specialist in European defense at the Paris-based Institute for International and Strategic Relations, said Germany and Britain are likely to agree because they also feel the constructive dialogue bore no fruit and, to some extent, have been aligned with Paris.

The tough new French approach marks a clear change from the days of Presidents Jacques Chirac and George W. Bush, when France was often a reluctant U.S. ally compared with Britain and Germany. In contrast, Sarkozy in recent weeks has used a sharper tone than have British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and German Chancellor Angela Merkel — and President Obama — in denouncing Iran’s nuclear program and advocating sanctions to force Tehran to allow inspectors in. …

Sarkozy’s fundamental position — seek dialogue but impose stronger sanctions unless Iran opens its nuclear program to international inspection — dovetails neatly with the stances of Obama and other major U.S. allies, Heisbourg and French officials said. But his recent public comments have suggested impatience with Obama’s extended-hand policy and a conviction that the time has come to deal firmly with Tehran’s nuclear program.

France and Sarkozy are not likely to be happy with this development, then:

A senior U.S. diplomat and Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator met one on one Thursday in Geneva in what appeared to be the highest-level official contact between the countries since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

The meeting between Undersecretary of State William Burns and the Iranian, Saeed Jalili , took place during a break in negotiations at a villa outside Geneva among the United States , Iran and five other nations.

It was announced by State Department spokesman Robert Wood , who offered no other details.

This follows the decision by the Obama administration to allow the Iranian foreign minister, Manoucher Mottaki, to visit Washington DC.  Even when traveling on UN business, the US has blocked Iranian diplomats from access to the capital for the past 30 years.  The unclenched fist has yet to meet with an outstretched hand from the Iranians, but Tehran is getting plenty of mileage from it nonetheless.

If Sarkozy has gotten impatient with the US and the West on Iran, these developments will increase his frustration.  It gives the mullahcracy more legitimacy and another opportunity to play Western allies against each other, which is one reason why George Bush stuck with France and the UK in earlier diplomatic efforts rather than open a direct dialogue.  It undermines Sarkozy’s efforts to get tougher on sanctions, at least in the short term, and allows Iran to continue its defiance on IAEA inspections and full transparency.  After all, they’re getting more and more access without having to offer any concessions — so why should they consider any?

Of course, this strategy from Obama could defy expectations and the entire historical record on the success of appeasement.  Obama had better hope it produces spectacular results.  Otherwise, if nothing has changed in a few months, Obama will look even more like a naïf on the world stage, and the West will have lost even more time that it can’t afford in stopping Iranian nuclear weapons.


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How long before the French start calling Americans “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”?

January 20, 2009.

Cindy Munford on October 1, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Obama had better hope it produces spectacular results.

Just like with the stimulus and the economy in general…no matter what happens, Obama and the MSM will declare it a roaring success.

AUINSC on October 1, 2009 at 1:08 PM

BTW, didn’t Sarko have a major man-crush on Obama not long ago?

AUINSC on October 1, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Obama is such a disgrace. And a liar.

Daggett on October 1, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Photo caption:

France moves against nuclear threat; Obama whistles past the graveyard.

BobMbx on October 1, 2009 at 1:09 PM

How long before the French start calling Americans “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”?

Pizza maggot munching morons? Haven’t they always?

Honestly, I think the French are finally showing “Testicular Fortitude” and I like it… to bad we don’t have a leader with any.

upinak on October 1, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Ok, that’s it. We’ve entered the Twilight Zone.

PS. If you think that involves sparkly vampires, you fail at life.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 1, 2009 at 1:11 PM

…….president p*ssy.

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:11 PM

…….president p*ssy.

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:11 PM

LOL, I was thinking the same thing. It’s a sad day when France had more balls than the Obambi run United States.

Tim_B on October 1, 2009 at 1:13 PM

OT but on the same subject….

Can anyone tell me if Russia and China are sitting at the table at the UN talks?????

I can’t get anything and I am curious.

upinak on October 1, 2009 at 1:13 PM

the french will be far more threatened by iraninan nukes than we will (at least until iran develops long-range ICBMs).

this makes complete sense to me and i am glad to see it.

homesickamerican on October 1, 2009 at 1:14 PM

BTW, didn’t Sarko have a major man-crush on Obama not long ago?

AUINSC on October 1, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Yeah, but I think the little misses set him staight. Remember this?

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2359022.ece

milwife88 on October 1, 2009 at 1:14 PM

…….president p*ssy.

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Yes. I wonder how may times that phrase has been uttered around the world by other leaders?

BobMbx on October 1, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Look at who we elected. We ARE cheeseburger-eating surrender monkeys.

Red Cloud on October 1, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Speaking of lack of testicular fortitude, o/t, but has juan mccain come out and demanded an apology from the FL Freakshow that mouthed off about Republicans wanting people to ‘Die Quickly’?

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Sarkozy to Obama, “L’avance, suivez, ou sortez de la voie.”

Obama to Sarkozy, “But, I won.”

Sarkozy, under his breath, “Idiot.”

coldwarrior on October 1, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Wouldn’t that be royale with cheese-eating surrender monkeys?

rw on October 1, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Hey France, wanna swap leaders?

rbj on October 1, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Okay, let me just say, I’m not liking the temperature at the water’s edge, but I’ll tolerate it here as the post is couch by France and Sakozy, but please, gimme one that’s couch within our borders, stat.

Dusty on October 1, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Barry is so wimpy and foolish, he makes the French look good.

Vashta.Nerada on October 1, 2009 at 1:19 PM

cheeseburger-eating

You’re making me hungry. Think I’m going to Five-guys.

shick on October 1, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Even when traveling on UN business, the US has blocked Iranian diplomats from access to the capital for the past 30 years. The unclenched fist has yet to meet with an outstretched hand from the Iranians, but Tehran is getting plenty of mileage from it nonetheless.

Obama is the ultimate tool!

cmsinaz on October 1, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Did anyone ever believe they would see the day when France was more bold, courageous and better led than the United States . . . well believe it now.

rplat on October 1, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Bamster tooled again by Armageddonadinejad.

Quel dommage. Quelle frommage.

petefrt on October 1, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Obama had better hope it produces spectacular results. Otherwise, if nothing has changed in a few months, Obama will look even more like a naïf on the world stage, and the West will have lost even more time that it can’t afford in stopping Iranian nuclear weapons.

To late. They already do. This is why Iran is behaving as they are. Obama can’t see it for the ruse that it is. He’ll get the joke eventually, but by then, it will be to late.

capejasmine on October 1, 2009 at 1:22 PM

BTW, didn’t Sarko have a major man-crush on Obama not long ago?

AUINSC on October 1, 2009 at 1:09 PM

He really liked the suit, but only just recently did he realize that it was empty.

Cicero43 on October 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Frenchmen into the breach!

Captain Kirock on October 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Perhaps the most evil regime in our time and we standby and watch. Oh yes, and France slaps us in the face as they pass by on their way to oppose what will certainly be the West’s biggest problem since WWII. Obama is in so far over his head that the USA will have the bends for decades to come.
 
Hope and Change =
  -bigger government
  -less personal freedom
  -higher taxes
  -even more corruption
  -and now a very dangerous world
 
But the left can feel good about themselves because they are finally doing something charitable, with other people’s money of course.

ClanDerson on October 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM

I never thought I would be looking up to France as a model of courage and resolute leadership. For the first time in my adult life, I am ashamed of my country. Obama has taken us from the pinnacle to the lowest valley in less than a year. Devasting.

TXMomof3 on October 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM

the french will be far more threatened by iraninan nukes than we will (at least until iran develops long-range ICBMs).

this makes complete sense to me and i am glad to see it.

homesickamerican on October 1, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Thanks for taking making my point. I think France finally realized that they have to take the lead, since they are potentially within striking distance of Iran. It was easy to hide behind Bush’s coattails, but with the changes that have been made in the last 9 months, they can’t afford to stay on the sidelines anymore.

CBP on October 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Yeah until Iran becomes as open with their nuclear program as Israel is…umm nevermind.

LevStrauss on October 1, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Devastating-I am heartbroken and cannot spell.

TXMomof3 on October 1, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Why haven’t we been hearing about suicide bombers lately? It’s because the next suicide bomber is Iran strapping on a nuclear vest. It’s going to take out Europe, and Israel with it’s own destruction, and make all the Saudi oil fields unusable for decades.
North Korea, and Pakistan will likely follow suit soon thereafter, for that section of the globe. Then Cuba and Venezuela will set off their nuclear suicide vests for this area of the planet.
Meanwhile, healthcare will be free in the United States. Think it’ll do any good?

Cybergeezer on October 1, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Hornet STing:

What has that moron’s comments got to do with McCain?

BTW, McCain would not be playing footsie with the Iranians.

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:27 PM

I say good, let France lead, its about time other western countries put some political, economic, and military capital behind tough decisions that need to be made around the world.

OhioBuckeye7 on October 1, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Arugula-eating surrender insert-non-racially-insensitive descriptor here.

catmman on October 1, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Look at who we elected. We ARE cheeseburger-eating surrender monkeys.

Red Cloud on October 1, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Groundskeeper Willie could not be reached for comment.

Del Dolemonte on October 1, 2009 at 1:28 PM

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2359022.ece

milwife88 on October 1, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Its Carla Bruni though, not many get to kiss her. Hell, she can crap in a bath tub and I’ll drink that brown water

Doctor Zhivago on October 1, 2009 at 1:28 PM

I was born in the 1950s and lived under the threat of an Atomic attack at any given time by the Russkies until the Berlin wall came down. Duck and cover drills in school were the norm until the late 1960s. I sure don’t want to hear next year or so that Iran has nukes and is willing to use them and go through all that stuff again.

Johnnyreb on October 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM

I say good, let France lead, its about time other western countries put some political, economic, and military capital behind tough decisions that need to be made around the world.

OhioBuckeye7 on October 1, 2009 at 1:27 PM

You betcha…and while they are leading, let’s watch our prissy president undermine them every step of the way as he panders to the mullahs.

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Price did, but Mr. Reachacrosstheaisle hasn’t yet. With President P*ssy at the helm, Iran will have that Nuclear Warhead ready for Christmas Delivery. But, hey, Chicago will have the Olympics.

kingsjester on October 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Hornet STing:

What has that moron’s comments got to do with McCain?

BTW, McCain would not be playing footsie with the Iranians.

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Just wondering where the maverick’s testicular fortitude was at during the election to get us in the situation….and also wondering if he came out with guns blazing against this idiot democrat like he did against his own party…
It’s a reasonable question for unreasonable times….

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Note to Iran: When pressed, the French can be very effective militarily. See: Charles “The Hammer” Martel (no friend of muslims) and Napoleon.

They also have very sophisticated sub-launched ICBMs.

They can also go completely berserk: see the French Revolution.

Just something to keep in mind…

ZenDraken on October 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM

But, hey, Chicago will have the Olympics.

kingsjester on October 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM

is that fact yet, was chi town picked? Ugh.

upinak on October 1, 2009 at 1:31 PM

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Price did, but Mr. Reachacrosstheaisle hasn’t yet. With President P*ssy at the helm, Iran will have that Nuclear Warhead ready for Christmas Delivery. But, hey, Chicago will have the Olympics.

kingsjester on October 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM

THAT figures….the maverick will only insult his own party….shall we share a bowl of popcorn as the Iranians continue to work toward that rocket’s red glare as we TALK?

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:32 PM

I hate to be a pessimist, but the last time the French led the US was Vietnam – and they bugged out, leaving us holding the bag.

cool breeze on October 1, 2009 at 1:33 PM

THAT figures….the maverick will only insult his own party….shall we share a bowl of popcorn as the Iranians continue to work toward that rocket’s red glare as we TALK?

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Right now McCain is shaking in his 500 dollar loafers on what Sarah Palin said in “Rogue”.

upinak on October 1, 2009 at 1:33 PM

kingsjester on October 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM
is that fact yet, was chi town picked? Ugh.

upinak on October 1, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Not yet, our president hasn’t been down on his knees long enough for the world yet. BTW, I hear they are adding a new olympic sport especially for Chicago…..Railroad Tie Throwing.

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:34 PM

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Sure. Here’s the salt. And, upinak, I was just guessing about Chicago. I can’t see the First Couple and Oprah going there if we don’t have it. But, if Rio gets it, that will be pretty funny. Besides, the Opening Ceremonies with the ladies in their Mardi Gras outfits will be worth watching.

kingsjester on October 1, 2009 at 1:34 PM

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:32 PM
Right now McCain is shaking in his 500 dollar loafers on what Sarah Palin said in “Rogue”.

upinak on October 1, 2009 at 1:33 PM

I pray that she howls like a coyote….rogue. Love it.

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:35 PM

I can’t believe I’m rooting for the French. Viva la France!

You mean the orator in Chief doesn’t know anything about leading, shocking!

NickelAndDime on October 1, 2009 at 1:35 PM

THAT figures….the maverick will only insult his own party….shall we share a bowl of popcorn as the Iranians continue to work toward that rocket’s red glare as we TALK?

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Is it too early in the day to start drinking?

Knucklehead on October 1, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Photo caption:

France moves against nuclear threat; Obama whistles past the graveyard.

BobMbx on October 1, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Photo caption:
Pres. Obama lovingly admires his left hand saying it has gotten him through many lonely nights.

Greed on October 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Hooray! I have long watched Sarkozy! I got out my very limited and rusty French to read the French papers when he was elected. I sort of lost interest when his personal life turned out to be so um… French. But I’m glad he is stepping up! Long live Sarkozy!

petunia on October 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:32 PM
Is it too early in the day to start drinking?

Knucklehead on October 1, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Nope.
It’s five o’ clock in Copenhagen…..

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM

You betcha…and while they are leading, let’s watch our prissy president undermine them every step of the way as he panders to the mullahs.

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM

He’s too stupid to prevent Snarkoczy from flanking us to the right. I can think of few things that will end his presidency faster than France going postal on Iran while Obama has the Mad Midget’s dick in his mouth.

Go ahead, Obambi, let France turn you into an international laughingstock. We’ll put a real man in the White House in two years. Maybe even Sarah Palin, who’s three times the man Obambi is.

Jaibones on October 1, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Damn, when the French start showing you up…



you know you’ve got a real pantywaist for a president.

Roc on October 1, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Just wondering where the maverick’s testicular fortitude was at during the election to get us in the situation….and also wondering if he came out with guns blazing against this idiot democrat like he did against his own party…
It’s a reasonable question for unreasonable times….

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM

I wondered at the comment because the thread was about Iran and France, not McCain. But silly me, needless to say for some folks everything is about McCain.

As for fortitude, I wonder at all the people who seemed to be able to work up more energy to attack McCain than they do to go after Obama, because the truth is if some of those fence sitter conservatives had bothered to vote, Barack Hussen Obama would not be President..and whatever else you can drum up to complain about McCain over, one thing he never did, was back down for an enemy of the United States.

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Next, the sight of the US impeding French action and resolve. You can’t make this up.

Mason on October 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Right now McCain is shaking in his 500 dollar loafers on what Sarah Palin said in “Rogue”.

upinak on October 1, 2009 at 1:33 PM

We shall see, but so far I have never heard Palin say anything about McCain, other than the fact that she appreciated the opportunity to be on the ticket with him.

I am sure she feels differently about some unnamed aides however.

Not long ago, I read an interview with McCain in which he said that he had never seen anyone treated as badly by the press and others as Palin was, he said it was unprecedented.

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Hell, she can crap in a bath tub and I’ll drink that brown water

Doctor Zhivago on October 1, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Thanks for sharing but thats way too much information. : )

Greed on October 1, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Yeah until Iran becomes as open with their nuclear program as Israel is…umm nevermind.

LevStrauss on October 1, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Well, now we’ve heard from the self-hating Quisling “Court-Jew” contingent of Hot Air…..carry on…..

dmh0667 on October 1, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Amazingly enough, when people ask a question about mccain, you don’t always have to come to his defense. You know, there are other commenters on here that may know the answer to my question that I asked. I got my answer, but once again, if anyone DARES to question the mavericky maverickness of the maverick, you seem to get your dander up and go on and on to defend the most inept, lackluster, waste of time candidate.
I voted for the walking corpse, manly because of Sarah Palin, being a heartbeat away from the presidency and all….so, don’t accuse me of ‘fence sitting’. But, also, don’t expect me to defend a man that goes after his OWN PARTY WITH THE FEROCITY THAT I WISHED HE HAD TO FIGH FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WERE ACTUALLY VOTING FOR HIM!
So, please, keep ringing that bell, Terrye.
You have the taint of maverick all over you.
And, thanks to mccain and his failure of a campaign, we are in the situation we are in.

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Sarkozy looks like a weasel in that pic.

Spathi on October 1, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Not long ago, I read an interview with McCain in which he said that he had never seen anyone treated as badly by the press and others as Palin was, he said it was unprecedented.

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM

You obviously didn’t go to the link. Which is from The Hill blog.. not mine.

upinak on October 1, 2009 at 1:52 PM

LevStrauss on October 1, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Real intelligent comment, shows your grasp of the geo-political situation…..I’ll bet your Levi’s have a rear zipper access. LOL

cjk on October 1, 2009 at 1:52 PM

HornetSting:

And amazingly enough, you do not have to make every single thing about McCain…but since you did, I thought I would add the obvious that if McCain were the Commander in Chief we would not be playing these idiot games with the Iranians.

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:53 PM

I’m just glad there is someone in the world leadership who has the facts right! I like Merkel too.

Obama was right. That is definitely a change. I’m putting my HOPE in Germany and France. Change you can believe in.

petunia on October 1, 2009 at 1:54 PM

upinak:

No, I did not. Sorry, I did not even see that there was a link. We will all find out what is in the book soon enough anyway.

I just love these circular firing squad things.

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Obama had better hope it produces spectacular results.

For which side?

albill on October 1, 2009 at 1:54 PM

HornetSting:

And amazingly enough, you do not have to make every single thing about McCain…but since you did, I thought I would add the obvious that if McCain were the Commander in Chief we would not be playing these idiot games with the Iranians.

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:53 PM

You don’t have to comment, Terrye. You can just ignore it. This is still a free country.

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:56 PM

So, I read the link. No smoking gun there.

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Is it too early in the day to start drinking?

Knucklehead on October 1, 2009 at 1:37 PM

It’s 5:00 somewhere.

Key West Reader on October 1, 2009 at 1:56 PM

HornetSting:

Oh my God, we are doing it again. I surrender. Uncle…

Terrye on October 1, 2009 at 1:57 PM

So, does this mean that French Fries are back in the good column, of course, as long as they are made with trans-fat free oil?
Should we begin a boycott of Chicago-type pizza and murder in response?
It is a sad state of affiars when the French are marking the yard while president p*ssy is sitting on the porch.

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Obama seems fairly tone-deaf to me in his world speeches. He does sound like the new kid. Sarkozy sounds more like a real man in his tone.

I can’t see that their actual positions are all that different, though, unless France is considering some kind of military action.

AnninCA on October 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Hmmm… why is Sarkozy taking this more seriously than Obama?

Could it be that Taepdong 2 missles based in Iran have the Range to hit Paris?

If Washington was in range, you’d bet Barry would take this more seriously.

Romeo13 on October 1, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Should we begin a boycott of Chicago-type pizza and murder in response?
HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Check out my 1:10 comment. No one seemed to have gotten it.

upinak on October 1, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Vive Sarkozy and Vive la Francais. They support freedom. Obambi supports the law of the jungle and its ape ruler. All Hail King Hussein.

Percy_Peabody on October 1, 2009 at 2:04 PM

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:57 PM
Check out my 1:10 comment. No one seemed to have gotten it.

upinak on October 1, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I giggled, Upinak.

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Totally obvious to the world. That ridiculous, liar, prezbo is more than happy to let somebody else take the helm. It gets him off the hook as being the “leader of the free world”. He is as useless as anybody I have ever seen, not to mention a President of this Republic. A total embarrassment except to all the “free rent and free gas” trash.

ultracon on October 1, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Maybe I’ve just got my tinfoil hat on a little tight today, but something doesn’t add up here. Something’s being set up, just a gut feeling… Please ignore me until I can post something coherent. :)

Fortunata on October 1, 2009 at 2:09 PM

J’adore France!

Apologetic California on October 1, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Wow, not bad for a Pointed Shoe wearing Snail Lover! It would be a blessing to have Sarkozy be a global spokeshole since our wanna-be leader needs to be at home fixing unemployment which would actually help the Worlds economy!

How is that Hussein working out for you? Lost enough of your 401k yet! Or are you still blaming BUSH?

BigMike252 on October 1, 2009 at 2:10 PM

So, does this mean that French Fries are back in the good column…

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Real French Fries are stiff.

The ones that are all greasy and half-cooked?

Barry Fries.

Loxodonta on October 1, 2009 at 2:18 PM

So, can we stop calling them freedom fries now?

nolapol on October 1, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Besides, the Opening Ceremonies with the ladies in their Mardi Gras outfits will be worth watching.

kingsjester on October 1, 2009 at 1:34 PM

That’s worth an hour of cardio, dude.

Blacksmith8 on October 1, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Hooray! I have long watched Sarkozy! I got out my very limited and rusty French to read the French papers when he was elected. I sort of lost interest when his personal life turned out to be so um… French. But I’m glad he is stepping up! Long live Sarkozy!

petunia on October 1, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Sarkozy might also be good at French…kissing. But you’ve got to wonder why his first wife would leave him shortly after he was elected President. Even Hillary Clinton stood by her man when he was elected, despite Miss Flowers.

But, I digress. Sarkozy, despite his diminutive size and nerdy look, is a tough customer, like a democratic Napoleon. He faced down Muslim rioters back in 2005, and delivered a bunch of schoolchildren from a hostage-taking gunman in Neuilly, when he was mayor. His tough, facts-based presentation during the 2007 French Presidential debate led the beautiful leftist Segolene Royal to a meltdown on national TV.

He is probably the most pro-American French President since De Gaulle, but if Sarkozy believes that Obama is too egotistical and naif to lead the free world against Iran, then Sarkozy will take the lead himself.

France also has nuclear weapons…

Steve Z on October 1, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Has Barry ordered the white flags yet?

GarandFan on October 1, 2009 at 2:22 PM

The ones that are all greasy and half-cooked?

Barry Fries.

Loxodonta on October 1, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Limp. Flacid. Yep.

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Steve Z on October 1, 2009 at 2:20 PM

DeGaulle is like the original anti-American of all time.

cjk on October 1, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Limp. Flacid. Yep.

HornetSting on October 1, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Not quite yet. He’s still just greasy and half-cooked now.

In 2010, let’s make Barry limp.

In 2012, let’s make Barry flaccid.

Loxodonta on October 1, 2009 at 2:32 PM

To be fair to the French, they are extremely tough and totally devoid of principles when it comes to defending their national interests (see: Rainbow Warrior, France’s involvement in Francophone Africa, and their anti-terror laws for example). It is one of the few things I greatly respect and admire about France and wish we would emulate more here, although of course the leader of the free world can’t go quite as far.

Simply put, overthrowing Saddam was very much against France’s national interests as is keeping Iran from going nuclear. Or at least stopping the Iranian nuclear program is today, last I checked the money for it is going to the Russians and not the French. Hence, their behavior in both cases.

jarodea on October 1, 2009 at 2:34 PM

That should be “overthrowing Saddam was very much against France’s national interests as is allowing Iran to go nuclear”.

jarodea on October 1, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Europe is getting the consequences of their decades of “down with America” s— hammered down their throats and I’m enjoying it very much. They’ve finally got their hard-left American president who hates American dominance even more than they do. Well good! They can SUCK on it. Enjoy it and all that comes with it.

Hey frogs, you don’t like Iran getting the bomb along with the rockets to drop it on you? Tough. Not our problem. Russia’s once again invading neighbors (Georgia) with impunity and getting far too threatening? So what. Not our problem either. You see, we don’t believe in one country imposing it’s imperialistic will on the world. Ha, ha, ha. F— you, Europe.

Of course, I detest Obama and his foreign policy but to have the spoiled teenager mentality that is Europe get a big, cold bucket of water dumped on its idiotic head is perversely enjoyable.

Django on October 1, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Brain.. shutting down.. does not.. compute..

Track-A-'Crat on October 1, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Obama seems fairly tone-deaf to me in his world speeches. He does sound like the new kid. Sarkozy sounds more like a real man in his tone.

AnninCA on October 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM

It goes without saying….

nyx on October 1, 2009 at 3:01 PM

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