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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 hav

            • by hfb (74) on 2003.05.08 16:29 (#19942) Homepage Journal

              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 anything else on the news these days, including French passports.

              The criticisms of France seem as petty and as idiotic as the US criticising Canada for decriminalising pot. It's starting to seem like the US is a religion taking it on the road door-to-door with an army down the street to make sure you buy that damn bible. The US isn't any more altruistic than any other country, just more self-righteous. It's very distressing. I don't see much of the expected checks and balances working these days and though I don't have to care anymore I wish I had a shred of trust that it will at some point. The administration is utterly corrupt and millions of people trusting that 'something' will happen while they blithely poke at France and others who dare defy the superpower is not a good sign that regime change will come in 2004.