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January 21, 2004

Powell Says French are Annoying

Right off the AP Powell Says French Are Sometimes Annoying - and Vice Versa

I'd add that 7 out of 10 Americans agree. Or maybe 9 out of 10. Heck, maybe everybody but Michael Moore, who's even more annoying than the French.

The vice versa is just something the AP through in. What Powell said was that he sometimes annoys the French.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ever since the United States fought for its independence, the French have been a friend through thick and thin. But sometimes, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday, they have annoyed him. "And I am sure that from time to time, I have annoyed them," Powell said in an interview with a talk radio show host.

Asked if he had ever told French officials that, Powell replied: "Oh yes, yeah."

The secretary of state said he had good relations with Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, and they have had "the most candid and direct conversations about what we do that annoys the other."

My mind reels at the possible details of such conversations. I think only Frank J could do them justice. Anyway, the AP article then continues in an unrelated vein.

Last week, in a speech in Washington, French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie criticized "certain radical, neoconservative ideas" in the United States as harmful to U.S. relations with Europe. She singled out what she called American aspirations for economic supremacy as well as assertions of cultural and political supremacy.
She did not identify whom she held responsible for asserting such views. "It is essential we recognize others' positions" as part of a trans-Atlantic discourse, she said.

Ah, only the discourse is important to French idiots. Not little things like death camps or Panzer armies vacationing in Paris. Anyway, for more on her idiotic statements, I blogged them here.

During the speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a private research group, Alliot-Marie emphasized that Europeans had "a different sensibility" than the United States toward the Arab-Muslim world.

Like starving Iraqi children so Elf-Fina could get cheap oil deals and massive kickbacks, while the French got a market for overpriced French foods, which of course only reached Saddam's Republican Guard?

Or like the sensibility over the headscarf issue, which has the whole Muslim world in an uproar? I blogged that pointless little spat here.

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I have never heard of the french ever having won a war that we didn't save them. I remember WWI, WWII, Nam, and Haiti. They are like the arabs, they can only kill women and children with only some success. Their army is an example of what gays will do to your soldiers. The french are still oppressing the people in Africa, but no oil so no one cares, not even the US blacks. To me that is a shame, we need to help them rid them of the french and be free. Not sure what I am talking about, then do some home work.

Posted by: E. Carter at May 31, 2005 10:20:21 AM