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Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys Call Out Wimpy US on Iran

Are the “cheese eating surrender monkeys” complaining about President Obama’s alleged wimpishness on Iran?

Apparently so, according to the New York Times.  Israel’s impatience with the Obama administration’s go slow approach to Iran is common knowledge. Less well-known is France’s desire for the same. In a week in which Iran’s nuclear ambitions have once again become a central focus, the French are joining the chorus urging President Obama to ‘do more’.  A report in the New York Times describes the French pressure on the Administration:

The New York Times, in a report from Washington last week, described the White House’s reaction to the implications of the report (the I.A.E.A. calculates the Iranians now have enough fuel on hand to produce four nuclear weapons) as “strikingly muted” — or what President Barack Obama’s critics might call leading from behind at its faintest.

By contrast, the French foreign minister, Alain Juppé, spoke in Paris of the necessity of responding with “sanctions on an unprecedented scale.” Their purpose, he said flatly, was “making Iran bend.” […]

This involves France’s consistent toughness on the issue. For example, it chided Mr. Obama’s “outstretched” hand to Iran as hopeless in view of what Mr. Sarkozy now calls its “obsessional desire” for nukes. And the French jog or goad the administration when its resolve to put an end to the mullahs’ atomic fixation seems to flag. […]

The French are particularly interesting at this juncture because there are people here focused on Iran who see an opportunity for putting conclusive brakes on its rush toward a bomb.

President George W. Bush could only dream of this kind of support from red-blooded French hardliners demanding a tougher, stronger stand.  Why the change?

The best likely answer (beyond the fears of any country within reach of an Iranian nuclear arsenal and exposed to the turbulence in world oil markets if a saber-rattling Iran gets the bomb) has to do with France’s deep and close ties with the rich Arab states on the Gulf.  Those Arab countries fear Iran about as much as Israel does, and want the US and its allies to protect them from what they see as an immediate and menacing threat.

Both Britain and France have close commercial ties to many of the Gulf states, and both Britain and France want to see change in Iran.  With Israel and the Arabs pulling both the US and the EU in the same direction, Iran has plenty to think about.  Faced with the weakness and isolation of their Syrian ally, a slowly tightening web of sanctions, high internal dissent and now a chorus of cheese eating surrender monkeys baying for their blood, the mullahs have many secular subjects to ponder in the intervals of their fasts, their ablutions, and their prayers.

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  • Kris

    I’ve wondered whether the US might have a not entirely negative view of the possibility of a nuclear Iran, as that would make the (formerly) Arab Gulf countries more dependent on the US. The fly in this ointment is that these countries would then also go nuclear. What a beautiful world it would be!

  • Alex Scipio

    So I guess the real question is this:

    Will the mullahs & Khamanei remove Ahmadinejad before or after he (in his mind) ushers-in the 12th imam via the global chaos that would ensue from an Iranian nuclear strike?

    How seriously are the mullahs committted to the fantasy of their Dear Leader and the 12th? Completely? Or only as a political tool?

    I guess we’re about to find out.

  • alex scipio

    The sane alternative actually might be for Israel – who already has been given Saudi overflight authorization – to give the Saudis one of their nukes, with the target (Qom?) already pre-programmed. Let the Saudis program whatever target they want in a dummy app. Then when the Saudi Sunnis launch said nuke at the Iranians – which they’ll do, apostates being hated far more than the infidel and the Shia/Sunni split pre-dating any infidel contact with these Dark Ages barbarians – the Saudis will take care of the global Iranian-Shia problem, will ensure that the world oil markets are not too troubled, and will rid us of Shia terrorism.. and our hands won’t be on the deal at all. (And if the Saudis instead target Jerusalem – which they won’t, the preprogramming will handle that.)

    Of course, this would require intelligent foreign policy, so it’ll probably have to await President Gingrich.

  • ErisGuy

    So the French position amounts to “let’s you and him fight.” The French want it so bad, let them use their soldiers and their missiles. I promise when Iran nukes Paris, the USA will respond with humanitarian aid.

  • bob sykes

    Obama’s reticence regarding Iran is well-founded. The only way to prevent ande Iranian bomb is to go to war, and go big Iraqi-style. Of course, Iran is a much bigger country with many more people than Iraq, so this would be a very big, very long war. Think Vietnam.

    And then there is Pakistan. Our sworn but cowed enemy. Ponder a war on Pakistan. It makes more sense than Afghanistan or Iran. Pakistan is a much bigger villain.

    All in all, giving the Saudi’s and Turkey and Egypt the bomb might be a better deal.

  • Sapper Squid

    Truth be told, I was patrolling in Al Anbar province Iraq, coming back to the DFAC to listen to foreign policy experts talk about how Iraq was “another Vietnam.” I thought is was silly then, as I he think saying that Iran is another Vietnam might be almost as tenuous a prediction.

    Myself, I hope it never happens, but unfortunately, the enemy gets a vote. At least there will be a LOT or Iraqi’s eager to help us out if comes to that, A LOT of Iraqi’s.

  • MGCC

    Hmm, maybe we can get the French to promise to support us in the UN on any move against Iraq, I mean Iran?

  • Scott

    Thank you for using one of the greatest of many great Simpson lines. It made me very happy.

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