Monday, March 03, 2003

Name that leader
Binkley quotes Paul Johnson as saying
...but it still comes as a shock to see how badly the French can behave, with their unique mixture of shortsighted selfishness, long-term irresponsibility, impudent humbug and sheer malice...
This seems to accurately describe the US since the Bush accession as well -- from ignoring or abrogating treaties that don't directly advance US self-interest (Kyoto, ABM) to fiscal irresponsibility (the tax cut) and sheer malice (as good an explanation as many for the fixation on Iraq).
This ongoing popular attack on the French has become bizarrely hysterical. I'm not sure where it is coming from, but as with a conjuror, I assume that when my attention is being so strongly attracted in one direction then there is something important and secretive going on somewhere else.