US President Barack Obama has indirectly praised former French president Jacques Chirac's fierce opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq, the online edition of the daily Le Figaro reported on Thursday.
In a letter described by Chirac as 'very nice,' Obama wrote, 'I am certain that we will be able to work together, in the coming four years, in a spirit of peace and friendship to build a safer world.'
The use of the word 'peace' was taken to be an indirect reference to Chirac's stance against the US intervention in Iraq, which Obama had also opposed as senator.
Chirac. The former president of France. Who actually had marches by the French calling him a worm for his backstabbing and double-dealing. Who epitomizes the cheese-eating surrender monkey theme. And Obama pisses off the current President of France to do this.
Incompetence, corruption, stupidity, or a mix of all three? Or is sucking up to Chirac so important to Obama that he'd knowingly screw things up?
Update: Found this at Fausta,
OK, so here are the facts:
- Obama’s letter was sent on March 20, the anniversary of the Iraq war.
- The US still has troops in Iraq defending that country, and those troops are not only fighting but actively engaged in building a civil society.
- Each and any action by the Obama administration will be closely examined. Publicly approaching a private foundation with language that can be interpreted as being against the US presence in Iraq actively undermines that effort.
- Nicolas Sarkozy came to power by running not only against the Socialists, but by actually running against Chirac within Chirac’s own party. Is it a good idea to publicly “extend a hand” to Chirac, then?
- Chirac in fact, was allegedly involved in the affaire Clearstream
- Chirac’s administration as mayor of Paris was marked by corruption, from the water works contracts to other kinds of graft, and let’s not forget about his lunch money.
- Back in 2006 I was posting about Chirac’s own secret service. You may also recall Chirac’s support of Hugo Chavez.
And let’s not forget that Chirac’s foundation strongly promotes the globalisation tax, a tax on wealth generated by globalization:
“It could be a tax on airplane tickets, on carbon dioxide, on health products sold in industrialised countries, and indeed on internationalLet's see, two corrupt politicians working together... both seem to have admiration for socialist dictators... both seem to like the idea of taxes on wealth(and objects, and labor, and everything else)...
financial transactions,” one source said.