So are the French Cowards or Smart?
It is early 2003 and President George W. Bush is attempting to assemble his “collation of the willing” to attack Iraq. This is in spite of earlier statements by senior administration officials declaring Saddam Hussein was not a threat. On September 16, 2001, five days after the Twins went down, Vice President Cheney said that Saddam Hussein was not a threat. He said, “Saddam Hussein is bottled up.” On December 12, 2001, Colin Powell, ” I think we ought to declare [the containment policy] a success. We have kept him contained, kept him in his box.” He then said. ” [Saddam] is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors”.
Okay, I get it. Saddam is not a threat to us or his neighbors. The No Fly Zone set up by his father, Bush 41, is working. Could this be any more clear? Nevertheless, shortly after September 11, 2001 Bush 43 orders plans for the invasion of Iraq. QUOI? (WHAT?) In order to legitimize his actions against Iraq, Bush wants to assemble a “coalition of the willing”. However, some of our closest allies were strongly opposed to the invasion. Most notably were the governments of France, Germany, New Zealand and Canada. For some reason the administration begins an innuendo based smear campaign to brand France as cowardly for not supporting the invasion. Remember “Freedom Fries”, “Old Europe”, “Cheese eating cowards”?
Back to early 2003. Bush calls the French President Jacques Chirac to ask for his support for the invasion of Iraq. In this conversation Bush invokes obscure biblical passages to bolster his claim for the Iraq invasion. In Genesis and Ezekiel Gog and Magog are forces of the Apocalypse who are prophesied to come out of the north and destroy Israel unless stopped. You can read about it here, here and here. Maybe, just maybe this was one of the reasons the French declined to take part?
The score sheet:
Soldiers Killed: USA 4,000+ France 0
Iraqis Killed: USA 200,000+ France 0
Financial Costs: USA $1,000,000,000+ France 0
Using the Bush administration’s rationale it is cowardly not to spend a trillion dollars to kill 200,000 Iraqis and over 4,000 US soldiers. Is this what these statistics are telling me? Hmmm, perhaps there is another word that would be a more accurate descriptor of the French inaction – Smart.
So tell me why didn’t this appear as front page news?