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Americans strike back against French Euro-babble

A positive trend.
Americans blast French Embassy

'It never stopped, it was crazy,'
said diplomat after 1,000 calls

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France's resistance to U.S. policy on Iraq, capped off by its role in blocking U.S.-backed plans to bolster Turkish defenses against a possible Iraqi missile attack, is resulting in a massive outpouring of U.S. anger against France, evidenced by the 1,124 angry calls received by the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., in just one day.

Coming in the wake of Secretary of State Colin Powell's speech to the U.N. on Iraq, the embassy felt under siege, reports the Scotsman newspaper. "It never stopped. It was crazy. Unbelievable," said one French diplomat.

Although the embassy's Nathalie Loiseau notes that some letters and e-mail are supportive of Paris' position, she admits in a Financial Times report that some "would like to boycott France and French products."

With some U.S. talk radio shows openly calling for repatriation of America's war dead, noted the Scotsman, the phrase "if it weren't for us you'd be speaking German" has become a popular refrain.

"The French attitude is self-defeating," says Gary Schmitt of the Project for a New American Century, said the report. "They are undermining the credibility of the U.N. and now throwing NATO into disarray. I don't know if they realize how they're also causing a split in Europe. If you total up all the things they are interested in, you find that they're making a hash of all of them."

Meanwhile, as WorldNetdaily reported, France was found to be more unpopular among Americans than at any time in the past decade in a new Gallup poll. Unfavorable opinions of France have jumped 17 points in the past year while favorable opinions have dropped 20 points.


American attitudes toward Germany, another European power unwilling to support the U.S. on Iraq, also have become more negative, according to the annual Gallup Poll Social Series Update on World Affairs, conducted Feb. 3-6.

In its editorial yesterday the Washington Post argued that France and Germany now "behave as if they share the same over-riding goal as the Iraqi dictator: thwarting U.S. action even when it is supported by most other NATO and European nations."

Great Britain ranked at the top of the list of 26 nations with a +83 percent favorable rating, while Iraq rounded off the bottom with a -85 percent score. Iran and North Korea, the other two nations identified by President Bush as comprising the "axis of evil," joined Iraq at bottom of the list.

Bush 'disappointed'

The White House yesterday scoffed at Paris's offer to fortify U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq after President Bush complained he was "disappointed" with France's refusal to cooperate with NATO.

The Bush administration's exasperation with Paris is affecting public perception, reported the Financial Times, noting as an example the New York Post's coverage of the international dispute. The paper ran a picture of WWII American soldiers' graves near Omaha Beach Monday, headlined: "They died for France but France has forgotten."

New York Post reporter Steve Dunleavy, depicted near the grave of a young American soldier, wrote: "The air is chilled, but I feel an unnatural glow of rage -- I want to kick the collective butts of France. These kids died to save the French from a tyrant named Adolf Hitler. And now, as more American kids are poised to fight and die to save the world from an equally vile tyrant, Saddam Hussein, where are the French? Hiding. Chickening out. Proclaiming, Vive les wimps!"

Presidential press secretary Ari Fleischer said yesterday that French President Jacques Chirac hadn't mentioned France's intention to block Turkey's request for NATO assistance during his meeting last week with Bush. He claimed Bush didn't feel exactly "blindsided," but rather "disappointed at the "setback" for both NATO and Turkey.

Clinton administration deputy national security adviser Jim Steinberg says anti-French feeling is increasing in the U.S., according to the Financial Times. Concerned that it could get worse, Steinberg added: "The next two weeks are going to have a profound impact on transatlantic relations. There is a consensus that whatever the U.S. has done wrong, it does not justify the way the French and

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Bravo, vive la francais! 11.Feb.2003 23:20

RitaPDX

Thank God for the French and the Germans. Only with their help can the peace-loving people of the world stop GWB in his tracks.

The Zionist Project 4 New American Century 11.Feb.2003 23:47

Pax Americana

quote:

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The French attitude is self-defeating," says Gary Schmitt of the [ZIONIST] Project for a New American Century
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"...Moreover, the Pentagon, constrained by limited budgets and pressing current missions, has seen funding for experimentation and transformation crowded out in recent years. Spending on military research and development has been reduced dramatically over the past decade. Indeed, during the mid-1980's, when the Defense Department was in the midst of the Reagan buildup which was primarily an effort to expand existing forces and field traditional weapons systems, research spending represented 20 percent of total Pentagon budgets. By contrast, today's research and development accounts total only 8 percent of defense spending. And even this reduced total is primarily for upgrades of current weapons. Without increased spending on basic research and development the United States will be unable to exploit the RMA and preserve its technological edge on future battlefields.

Any serious effort at transformation must occur within the larger framework of U.S. national security strategy, military missions and defense budgets. The United States cannot simply declare a "strategic pause" while experimenting with new technologies and operational concepts. Nor can it choose to pursue a transformation strategy that would decouple American and allied interests. A transformation strategy that solely pursued capabilities for projecting force from the United States, for example, and sacrificed forward basing and presence, would be at odds with larger American policy goals and would trouble American allies.

Further, the process of TRANSFORMATION, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor..."
 http://www.newamericancentury.org/publicationsreports.htm
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TRANSFORMATION
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February 4 , 2002
JIM LEHRER: But if somebody were to look at this budget - forget the money for a while - just look at what it buys, does it buy anything that different than what we already
have?

DONALD RUMSFELD: Well, I think when you say "that different," it's important to understand that you can - when the Germans TRANSFOMED their armed forces into the BLITZKRIEG, they transformed only about 5 or 10 percent of their force. Everything else was the same, but they transformed the way they used it, the connectivity between aircraft and forces on the ground, the concentration of it in a specific portion of the line, and it - one would not want to transform 100 percent of your forces. You only need to transform a portion.

 http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military/jan-june02/rumsfeld_2-4.html

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[associates of the Project for the New American Century include:


Donald Rumsfeld
Elliott Abrams
Richard L. Armitage
William J. Bennett
Francis Fukuyama
Robert Kagan
Zalmay Khalilzad
William Kristol
Richard Perle
Paul Wolfowitz
R. James Woolsey
Frank Carlucci
Midge Decter
Norman Podhoretz



.....the process of TRANSFORMATION, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor..."


.....the process of TRANSFORMATION, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some CATASTROPHIC AND CATALYZING EVENT - LIKE A NEW PEARL HARBOR..."


.....the process of TRANSFORMATION, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some CATASTROPHIC AND CATALYZING EVENT - LIKE A NEW PEARL HARBOR..."


.....the process of TRANSFORMATION, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some CATASTROPHIC AND CATALYZING EVENT - LIKE A NEW PEARL HARBOR..."


.....the process of TRANSFORMATION, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some CATASTROPHIC AND CATALYZING EVENT - LIKE A NEW PEARL HARBOR..."

 http://www.newamericancentury.org/publicationsreports.htm

whitewash 11.Feb.2003 23:57

bob

That article is whitewash.
What about the false evidence? How can you quantify 1,124 angry calls (first sentence) without also saying there were millions at the last protest.


France refutes Powell terror claim  http://news.ninemsn.com.au/World/story_45726.asp

also

Fury in US at Europe's Iraq stance

FURY was growing in the United States today at European countries who have refused to back the war against Iraq.

US national security advisor Condoleezza Rice even raised the US role in defeating Hitler in the Second World War in a bid to win European support for the war.

Anti-European sentiment has soared in the United States, triggered by the growing continental split over plans to topple Saddam Hussein by force. The latest veto by France, Germany and Belgium of the deployment of Nato Patriot missiles to Turkey has added to the anger.

Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld characterised the veto as "shameful". President George W Bush chose more diplomatic words, admitting he was "disappointed".

Ms Rice used more emotive language, saying: "Europe would have been in very dark circumstances of Nazism and Communism had it not been for the willingness of America to risk American lives."

But newspapers and political pundits have reacted furiously to the move by European leaders.

The New York Post published a blistering front page attack on France accusing the country of "wimping out".

Columnist Steve Dunleavy compared French president Jacques Chirac's reluctance to fight Saddam to the thousands of American soldiers killed on European soil during the Second World War.

"These kids died to save the French from a tyrant named Adolf Hitler. And now, as more American kids are poised to fight and die to save the world from an equally vile tyrant ... where are the French? Hiding. Chickening out. Proclaiming, 'Vive les wimps!"'

The Republican-supporting Wall Street Journal called for an end to Nato following what it called the "astonishing" refusal by France, Germany and Belgium to support war.

Tony Blair's pro-American stance has meant Britain has escaped most of the flak, despite widespread opposition to war in the UK. Meanwhile, a proposal backed by France, Germany and Russia to boost weapons inspections in Iraq was set to be strongly rebuffed by UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. In an effort to avoid war, the three countries say they want to treble the number of United Nations inspectors and provide them with more technical assistance.

But in a speech today, Mr Straw is expected to say a "thousand-fold" improvement in the inspectors' resources will not help unless Saddam Hussein changes his attitude.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister and Mr Straw have been invited to a special summit on Iraq, planned by the European Union's Greek presidency. Downing Street offered a lukewarm response for the idea, saying it would need to see the agenda before deciding whether to go.

wimping out 12.Feb.2003 00:08

AP

"The New York Post published a blistering front page attack on France accusing the country of "wimping out".
wimping out
wimping out

good for them 12.Feb.2003 08:48

mike

may the entire world join to contain the US and place any and all sanctions on it. may the entire world join to repeal all FTAA, WTA, NAFTA agreements; may the entire agree to disarm.

Project for a New American Century 12.Feb.2003 10:35

V

Here's a commentary to supplement Pax Americana's post about The Project for a New Century (or Empire if you wish).

 http://www.onlinejournal.com/Commentary/Vick100302/vick100302.html

ohhhh...the Yankees are mad! 12.Feb.2003 10:42

Milhouse

Some excerpts of the phone calls:

"...yeah, you Frenchies think your so smart! Well didn't you see the evidence that black man showed on the TV. It was on the TV, I mean, if it was on the TV it's got to be right..."

"...Go back to Russia you commies!..."

"...stupid French faggots, were going to take over the world and you cant stop us!..."

"...Is this the [pause] French place? I just got back from the bar and you think your so great and that you...[pause] Fuck you [string of obscenities]. USA! USA! USA!

Yup, the amerikkan people have spoken!

Good for the French! 12.Feb.2003 16:41

nasruddin

Maybe they DON'T want to go down in history as another example of "appeasement" that failed. In this case, appeasement of the warmongers currently in control in the White House. When that type of energy is on a roll, giving in and thinking, "OK, maybe they'll be happy if we just let them proceed with their invasion of Iraq" is only going to spur on the arrogance and hubris of the Bush Administration.

I hope it doesn't come to this, but I forsee a time when much of the rest of the world will be forced to devise a strategy of "containment" to keep the US in check. Saddam Hussein is clearly bad news, but he's not much of a threat to anyone anymore, while the US is.

don't need no stinkin frogs anyway 12.Feb.2003 20:00

.

frogs just get in the way..

its more oil for us...

yeah 13.Feb.2003 11:59

.

If they're so smart, how come they can't even speak English?