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My grandfather came to visit me in Prague last week. He's a veteran who was in the Normandy invasions. We were having dinner at the Orange Moon (excellent Thai food, BTW) and he launched into a tirade about the "damn French" and his personal boycott of French products. A French couple were sitting at the table next to us. I was half-listening to my grandpa while watching the expressions on the faces of the French people. It was an interesting sociological phenomenon. They started out smirking, but by the end of tirade (where my grandfather talked about his buddies still buried there) they looked completely mortified. Like it hadn't occurred to them that some sections of the American population would take the recent events so personally. Not offering any judgements on this little scene, just passing it on...

Posted by: Christopher Walker at May 12, 2003 05:10 AM

Bigmouth Rummy and his boys bragging about their "intelligence" and making sure they don't say anything specific. I've seen it all before - I've got no confidence at all. Where are those thousands of tons of WMD by the way?

Posted by: Chris K at May 12, 2003 10:18 AM

C'mon Chris K -- give the inspectors more time!

Posted by: Christopher at May 12, 2003 11:52 AM

Me, I think the administration is taking this 'punish the French' thing a bit too far. I mean, they have many short-comings in terms of policy, and they were at a minimum misguided if not to some degree complicit with Saddam. But hey, we've been in bed with plenty of sleazes ourselves (let's see, Saddam in the 80s, the Saudis, the Shah, Hosni Mubarek, Mobutu, Somoza, etc). I agree with Matt. The French essentially are from the same culture, and when all is said and done they are allies. After all, who were the dudes who warned the FBI about Zacarious Moussaoui? And what's with the FBI promoting the guys who chose to ignore them? Maybe the Chris Walker's grandpa should start railing on them.

Posted by: Jeff Gringer at May 12, 2003 09:11 PM
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