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Right Intention: The Very Generous French Contribution To Iraq

Monday, March 14, 2005

The Very Generous French Contribution To Iraq

Even the LA Times editorial page, which is generally not friendly to anyone to the right of Trotsky, finds the French contribution to Iraq pathetic:

President Jacques Chirac said to NATO leaders in late February that "France wants to contribute to stability" in Iraq. The contribution? Some $660,000 to a NATO fund for military and police training in Iraq and one French mid-level officer who's being assigned to the training mission at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Not 1,000 officers. Not 100. Just one.

So why did France contribute just one soldier and a few thousand bucks? A couple of thoughts come to mind.

They want to really make the point that they are assholes.

Have you ever been in a restaurant and been very dissatisfied with the service and want to reflect your dissatisfaction in the tip? So which is worse, leaving no tip or leaving a tip of one penny? I would argue that leaving a one penny tip is worse because its clear that you have thought about the tip amount and feel that one penny is appropriate. With no tip, the server could try to rationalize it that somehow the customer forgot. With one penny, the contempt is clear. The same thing applies here.

One soldier and $660,000 is all its military and economy can spare.

With GDP growth of 0.5%, 10% unemployment and a complete and utter joke of a military, maybe this is genuinely all the French can afford. If that's the case, I want to extend my intellectual and moral superiors a hearty thank you.

Maybe they want to marginally get on the right side of history.

If things turn out well in Iraq, France will want its share of the credit. The actual contribution of one soldier and $660,000 won't matter. All that matters is that France did something. 50 years from now I'm sure its contribution will have grown to 30 divisions and $100 billion in French history books. Sort of like the French resistance in WWII growing to mythic proportions today.

9 Comments:

Blogger trulyblueamerican said...

Or maybe...

France was against this war from Day One, and so far all of Bush's failure-denyingly-called-"success" has only proven them right.

Or...

France doesn't want to send their troops in to die in the hopeless quagmire in Iraq, with no hope of respect or reward from the likes of Bush.

Or...

France is waiting until the U.S. gets over it's mass insanity, and elects a real president.

So many possibilities....

12:53 AM  
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Blogger RD said...

Stupid comments section isn't working.

Anyway, you don't have to continue to establish your europhile bona fides with me. I believe you.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Greenmiler said...

yeah RD they are leaving a crappy tip..Thanks for nothing froggies!

7:20 PM  
Blogger Greenmiler said...

yeah RD they are leaving a crappy tip..Thanks for nothing froggies!

7:20 PM  
Blogger Greenmiler said...

yeah RD they are leaving a crappy tip..Thanks for nothing froggies!

7:20 PM  
Blogger Greenmiler said...

yeah RD they are leaving a crappy tip..Thanks for nothing froggies!

7:20 PM  

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