Tuesday, February 22, 2005

What is with Jacques Chirac?

Gindy did a post about how Chirac wants a united Europe to serve as a counterbalance to the United States. I can't imagine what his fellow countrymen think of that concept! Then again, I have an even better question for the French. Why have you allowed Chirac to stay in office? Granted I don't know how much he had to do with the following things but let's look at what we've learned since invading Iraq:

* French weapons were found in Iraq's possession (the weapons were post-U.N. sanctions)

* France had billions of dollars in oil contracts with Saddam, and in return they were to use their seat on the Security Council to stop the US from ever invading

* Oil for Food

* In the 70s, Chirac sold the nuclear reactor to Iraq -- and was so in bed with Saddam that his nickname was Jacques Iraq

In conjunction with the second point, we know Chirac also bullied the former Soviet Bloc countries, threatening their membership into the European Union, if they sided with the US. And it wasn't because Chirac thought war was bad -- he had BILLIONS as an incentive -- to keep the US from invading Iraq. All of these actions caused many Americans to boycott French products, hurting the pocketbooks of many in France. So I repeat, why is this guy still in power? And when is their next election?

6 Comments:

At 9:09 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

While I won't go so far as paint all French people as anti-American idiots, I will say that the political climate over there is really messed up. And überweasel Chirac epitomoizes this senseless, overemotional hyperreflexiveness to America and anything we need to do to protect our interests and security. It's basically a policy of negativity in relation to anything America proposes or does. He's definitely one of the more loathsome characters on the stage of world politics, especially considering that his nation is democratic.

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

Also, France theatened Turkey chance of joining the EU if they allowed us to use our bases on their soil.

And Chirac told new Europe that they should not miss an opportunity to shut up (something like that).

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Esther said...

patrick, it is pretty amazing they're a democracy considering all he's done and said against us....

Gindy, great additions! Thanks!

 
At 2:31 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

"to shut up (something like that)"

Unfortunately the opposition to the current EU constitution was finished in the last Spanish election (Spain and Poland demanded “more equal” voting rights.
Prior to that 2 countries (Spain and Poland) successfully blocked the French and German attempts to take full control of the union.
With Spain' socialist government giving in to the Franco-German demands Poland had to concede as well and accept the constitution.
Most of the “new” European countries cannot understand why there “has to be” opposition to America instead of a coalition and a “common market”.
They (the new Europeans) fail to understand the very fact that such market/coalition threatens the European establishment (old families of industrialists, bankers even aristocracy), which establishment uses any political system to preserve their status quo.
So-called social democracy is a perfect delivery vehicle for the European establishment.
Unfortunately the US missed the Eastern European boat altogether.
The economic alliances should’ve been formed more aggressively; American marketing privileges should’ve been granted there (Eastern Europe) rather than to China (which by definition is your enemy).
Oh, well blame it on Sleek Willy and his moronic administration because their favourite foreign policy was: kick you friend, reward your enemy and do not worry about your own country interests.

Sorry, just ranting; what happened cannot be reversed.

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Tom Carter said...

Chirac is nothing more than a self-serving scoundrel playing to a people who are ill-informed and bitter. I don't think we can ever depend on him or his country, and we should be very cautious of them. And California wines are better and cheaper, anyway!

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger Esther said...

"Most of the “new” European countries cannot understand why there “has to be” opposition to America instead of a coalition and a “common market”."

I'm with them. I don't get it either.

"Oh, well blame it on Sleek Willy and his moronic administration because their favourite foreign policy was: kick you friend, reward your enemy and do not worry about your own country interests."

Wow! Great stuff, felis. Feel free to rant over here anytime you want!

Tom -- love that response too!! Yes, and if you don't want California, Italian wines are another option!

 

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