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France and the GOP Sitting in a Tree
Obama’s Iran Strategy Creates Strange Bedfellows

When you see the GOP aligning itself with a French Socialist government over Iran, you know you are witnessing one of the signs of the Apocalypse. The Wall Street Journal:

France is again adopting the toughest line against Iran in negotiations aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program, potentially placing Paris at odds with the Obama administration as a diplomatic deadline to forge an agreement approaches at month-end. […]

French diplomats have been publicly pressing the U.S. and other world powers not to give ground on key elements—particularly the speed of lifting U.N. sanctions and the pledge to constrain Iran’s nuclear research work—ahead of the March 31 target.

Paris also appears to be operating on a different diplomatic clock than Washington, arguing that the date is an “artificial” deadline and that global powers should be willing to wait Tehran out for a better deal if necessary.

Of course there is more than mere principle at stake here, but French thinking is sound on the merits. President Obama’s Ahab-like determination to get a deal is leaving him increasingly isolated—even among allies.

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  • FriendlyGoat

    When you see Israel aligning with Saudi Arabia,…….

    When you see Russia loaning money to Marine Le Pen to presumably replace a “French Socialist” government in the future,…..

  • LA_Bob

    Not sure this is unprecedented. I recall reading that President Reagan received intelligence from the Socialist leader of France at the time (Mitterand) about Soviet efforts to steal technology from the West. Reagan and the CIA put the information to good use, clandestinely offering the Russians software which sabotaged some of their industry, occasionally with dramatic and catastrophic results.

    Maybe the French like to grouse and cause trouble, but it appears the Socialists are willing to have our backs if we want to listen to them.

  • Kevin

    Not to surprising when you remember that French Middle Eastern policy generally reflects an Arab sensibility – when the major Arab countries are lined up against the Iran deal Paris’s foreign policy apparatus will tend to share that view. Syria used to weigh more importantly in French views but with Assad’s implosion it has lost all influence in Paris.

    When the Isrealis and Arabs (esp. Gulf and Egypt) share a view Paris and the Congressional GOP will tend to be aligned. (A GOP administration and State Dept. can often divert much further from Isreal’s views than its congressional wing.)

    • Curious Mayhem

      That may have been true decades ago; it’s not true today. It’s specifically about Iran.

      France has had little love for mullah regime ever since the early 80s, when Hizbollah trashed Lebanon (and it’s still trashing it) and blew up the French embassy in Beirut. Eventually, France banned the Hizbollah TV channel (al-Manar, i think).

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