March 10, 2003

TNR: Getting Sloppy? Is it

TNR: Getting Sloppy?

Is it just me, or has TNR been getting a bit sloppy recently?

"Still, the real loser here isn't the United States: The outcome of the Security Council vote will have little bearing on whether or not we go to war. The real loser, as we've said before, will be France, whose major source of international influence is its permanent seat on the Security Council, a seat which won't be worth very much if the United States renders the United Nations irrelevant by going to war over its objections. As a result, the French can't really be happy that the Russians may be about to exercise their veto. (From the French perspective, it doesn't really matter which of the permanent members exercises the veto; any veto leaves the Security Council--and therefore France--equally irrelevant.)"

Guys, Chirac just announced he will veto.

They go on: "That means France's interests were never perfectly aligned with those of Russia and China, who are world powers in their own right and who can therefore costlessly cast the vote that makes the Security Council irrelevant."

Is France really so much weaker than Russia these days?

And then there is this little satirical number. Good for a chuckle, perhaps, but not exactly the kind of stuff one expects from high-brow Leon Weiseltier precincts. Geez, and they want to start charging for this?

Posted by Gregory at March 10, 2003 10:18 PM
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