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.