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  • Forgetting our stalwart [msnbc.com], friends [washtimes.com] and allies [timesonline.co.uk], the French.

    • I don't know how this is much different from our friends the Americans [gwu.edu], with their many projects [msnbc.com] :-)
      • Of course "mistakes were made", it'd be disingenious to say otherwise.

        But I'd definately say there's a difference between backing possibly questionable horses against enemies (neither of said opponents had stellar records at the time either, for that matter) versus providing aid to a known bad apple behind the back of your purported allies. Any outrage at such perfidy is, if not justafiable, at least understandable.

        • Well, aside from the fact that the US is 0 for 2 in waging a military offensive for the capture of OBL and Saddam though both remain at large, there are a lot of questions yet unanswered [unansweredquestions.org] about how 9/11 came about; you either have to believe that the employees of every agency involved are bumbling idiots who couldn't find their ass with both hands and a flashlight or you have to start thinking that maybe this wasn't entirely accidental. The truth is somewhere in the middle most likely but I suppose it's easi

          • Funny, I heard we were waging military offensives to remove regimes that supported terrorism from power (then again the Socialists^WDemocrats keep trying to spin a failure using those terms . . .). Wasn't a 100% win, but then again one would have to count the side effects of fewer todlers in prison and fewer people being tossed in plastic-chippers as positives. As for the `unanswered questions' site, I forgot my roll of tin foil at home today.

            In regard to beleiving in the `American dream', yes you have to have some faith that the system can work. Well, that or become a bitter, disillusioned ex-pat :). Do I approve of everything coming out of the Beltway? Nope. Then again I'm of libertarian bent so that's hardly surprising (which would also explain finding it credible that government agencies could be majorly inept). But that's why we've got a judiciary (and gadflies like the ACLU et al) to correct the excesses of the other branches.

            At any rate, my original point was that the comic seems to be trying to claim that the criticisms of France were baseless. Sure a paper may have claimed `We are all Americans' but actions speak louder than words, and recent actions sure seem counter to whatever spirit that was expressed in.

            • Tinfoil hat aside, the US probably wouldn't know what to do if they found the administration even remotely responsible for what happened. Conspiracy theories or not, there are a lot of unanswered questions and a government quickly acting to make more documents classified and unavailable for FOIA.

              I don't know about France, but the news over here had some reports of Rice being in Moscow and unsubstantiated reports that Saddam was taken there and given amnesty by the US which is about as plausible as anythin