Who lost France?

posted at 12:00 pm on October 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama campaigned on restoring America’s standing with its allies, accusing the outgoing Bush administration of insulting and alienating our closest friends with his alleged unilateralism.  How has Obama done as President?  He has repeatedly insulted the British, insisting that there is no “special relationship” and demonstrating it by denying Gordon Brown the usual joint press conference on his visit to the US.  Reuters reports that another close ally has taken the measure of Obama and started looking elsewhere for cooperation:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, initially dubbed Sarko the American for his pro-U.S. stance, is finding it much tougher to deal with Washington than he had anticipated and is recalibrating his policies accordingly.

Stung by perceived snubs from U.S. President Barack Obama and encouraged by the growing importance of the G20, Sarkozy is increasingly reaching out to non-aligned states in an effort to extend France’s international influence.

He has forged especially close ties with Brazil, is seeking alliances in central Asia and is intensifying his activities in the Middle East, using multi-billion dollar military and civilian nuclear trade deals as his calling card.

These initiatives are being played out against a discordant tone in Franco-American relations. This lack of harmony does not constitute a crisis, but is nonetheless raising eyebrows.

The irony here is that the entire “unilateralist” meme started with France in the first place.  Then-President George Bush decided to pursue his own coalition of nations to dislodge Saddam Hussein from Iraq when then-French President Jacques Chirac double-crossed the US and the UK at the United Nations.  Despite having dozens of nations in the coalition, the lack of an eighteenth resolution from the UN and the public opposition of Chirac’s France allowed the American Left to paint Bush as a go-it-alone cowboy on the international stage.

When Nicolas Sarkozy replaced Chirac, he and Bush created closer ties between the two nations than had been seen in decades.  The two partnered on the war on terror, with France taking the unusual position last year of scolding its European partners for not contributing more combat troops to the effort in Afghanistan.  Sarkozy and Bush also formed a tight alliance against Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Now who’s the go-it-alone cowboy?  Obama has damaged relations with the UK, France, the Czech Republic, and Poland, which even Joe Biden was forced to admit yesterday.  Instead, Obama has focused his friendlier attention on Russia and Iran.  What has Obama and the US received in return?  Laughter over Hillary Clinton’s amateurish “reset button” and zero cooperation on Iranian nuclear weapons.  And this is “smart power”?

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How about obongos support of zeleya who was determined to make himself pres for life?

That was strange to me since what would be to gain?

They supported a man who even the UN punks woulndt

really strange event among many by the smartes pres ever

how many libs during the campaign continuously droned on on how smart blah regurgitate

This is funny if it weren’t so serious

Sonosam on October 24, 2009 at 5:51 PM

I got your reset button right here, Zero.

Maquis on October 24, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Yet the British and French people would still sacrifice their first born in honor of ‘The One’. His foreign policy may leave you scratching your head but the people of those nations will have you clawing your scalp out.

Daemonocracy on October 24, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Wade on October 24, 2009 at 12:54 PM

You just scared the crap out of me, and it’s not even Halloween yet! You should have warned me!

lovingmyUSA on October 24, 2009 at 8:49 PM

I’ll take a cowboy with some real grapes over a pansy-a*s metrosexual who couldn’t find his with a flashlight.

redfoxbluestate on October 24, 2009 at 5:16 PM

A flashlight and a microscope!

Dark-Star on October 24, 2009 at 5:39 PM

You guys crack me up!
Check out this site–can you spot the REAL cowboys?

lovingmyUSA on October 24, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Its going to take the Republican Party at least a 1000 years
to undo all the political damage caused by the Liberal Party
on Foreign relations!!!

canopfor on October 24, 2009 at 9:54 PM

Obama Mao’s high water mark in foreign relations was giving the Queen an Ipod. Its been all downhill since then…

Nozzle on October 24, 2009 at 11:08 PM

The One’s granddad was allegedly tortured by the Brits. So we get a chain of insults which the (surprise!) media ignore.

However, I am at a total loss as to how any US leader can go more anti-west and anti-American than the French. The One does seem to have some supernatural powers.

IlikedAUH2O on October 25, 2009 at 2:30 AM

You just scared the crap out of me, and it’s not even Halloween yet! You should have warned me!

lovingmyUSA on October 24, 2009 at 8:49 PM

OK, you are warned. Mrs Robinson and daughter

Wade on October 25, 2009 at 1:56 PM