February 05, 2003

Richard Perle Goes Too Far

Richard Perle Goes Too Far

Richard Perle's comments that "France is no longer the ally it once was" are a bit on the hyperbolic side as are his accusations that French President Jacques Chirac believes "deep in his soul that Saddam Hussein is preferable to any likely successor." I have the utmost respect for Richard Perle and his work post-Dayton accords helping to forge a more viable Croat-Bosnian Muslim Federation Army as a bulwark against renewed Bosnian Serb ethnic cleansing campaigns. But let's wait and see how the French position develops over the coming hours and days. There has not yet been, as Perle contends, serious damage to the NATO alliance resulting from nettlesome French delaying tactics at the UNSC. We are, of course, at a crucial juncture with Powell's presentation today. Perle's comments could yet be borne out. But not quite yet. The French, as I tiresomely continue to predict, will be with us come crunch time.

Posted by Gregory at February 5, 2003 11:40 AM
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