Monday, March 12, 2007

Let the Rejoicing Bengin

It is official. President Chirac will retire as President of France when his current term ends. It is not likely that history will look kindly upon President Chirac. His foreign policy was tied to the value and amount of Euros to be had at the expense of the United States. His dream, of which he oft spoke, was to restore the "glory of France" by creating a United Europe -- led by France of course -- and which would operate in opposition to the United States. His dream died and he suffered a humiliating defeat when his cherished EU Constitution failed in a country-wide referendum. And to top off the notable acts of his administration, President Chirac has overseen the growth of radical Islam in France, yet has tried to pretend that no problem exists, thus making matters worse for whomever is voted in as his successor. But the world can rest easier this evening, knowing at least that Jacques Chirac will soon to be but a small footnote in the tome of failed politicians. Let the bells toll. Let the rejoicing begin.

And if you wish to celebrate with a few French jokes, by all means. My own favorite comes from General Schwartzkopf, commander of allied forces during the First Iraq War: "Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion."

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