French Diplomacy In Action
I try to avoid, as much as possible, French-bashing here on this blog. I liked the French officers I worked with at CENTCOM, who seemed embarassed by their government's position on Iraq. (The German officers there, however, were insufferable pricks, and always made snarky little comments whenever something went wrong in Iraq.) The French have done a good job in Afghanistan, and especially on the Fourth of July, you can't avoid thinking about one of the most amazing men who ever lived, the Marquis de Lafayette. While the history of the U.S. and France has suffered some cyclic "troubles", when the chips are really, really down, the French seem to be there for us... and we for them.
That being said, this is hilarious:
"Anglo-French tensions heightened last night after Jacques Chirac delivered a series of insults to Britain as London and Paris fought to secure the 2012 Olympic Games and faced fresh disagreement at the G8 summit.
"The president, chatting to the German and Russian leaders in a Russian cafe, said: "The only thing [the British] have ever given European farming is mad cow." Then, like generations of French people before him, he also poked fun at British cuisine.
""You can't trust people who cook as badly as that," he said. "After Finland, it's the country with the worst food..."
"...Mr Putin and Gerhard Schröder, the German chancellor, laughed. Mr Chirac then recalled how George Robertson, the former Nato secretary general and a former defence secretary in Tony Blair's Cabinet, had once made him try an "unappetising" Scottish dish, apparently meaning haggis.
"That's where our problems with Nato come from," he said.
Mr Schröder and Mr Putin laughed again.
"Unfortunately for the leaders, all of whom will be guests of Britain at the G8 summit opening at Gleneagles tomorrow, the remarks were recorded by a journalist without their knowledge and published in the French newspaper Liberation."
And the left claims that President Bush is undiplomatic...
(Intel Source: The Drudge Report)