Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The 'Dream' of Disarmament: Dormez-Vous?, Dormez-Vous?

It’s being reported that neither Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown, nor France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, were very pleased with the Greatest Foreign Policy Genius in American History after his performance in Pittsburgh the other day.

The Wall Street Journal says that both leaders “were quietly seething on stage, annoyed by America’s handling of the announcement” about Iran’s second clandestine nuclear facility. Both France and Britain wanted to make the announcement at the UN a day earlier, when it would have had much greater effect, and been more logical, as the Security Council Obama was chairing was “devoted to nonproliferation.”

Why the wait? While Sarkozy was pushing for the announcement while still at the UN, the “Administration told the French that it didn’t want to ‘spoil the image of success’ for Mr. Obama’s debut at the U.N. and his homily calling for a world without nuclear weapons, according to the Paris daily Le Monde.”

The upshot?

“We thought we'd never see the day when the President of France shows more resolve than America’s Commander in Chief for confronting one of the gravest challenges to global security. But here we are.”

Here we are indeed.

Read the entire article here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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-- Dearborn expat