Jules Crittenden comments on President Sarkozy’s statement at the United Nations last week: “It’s a sad state of affairs when a Frenchman mocks an American president and you have to go with the Frog.” Here’s what the man said:
President Obama dreams of a world without weapons … but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite. Iran since 2005 has flouted five security council resolutions. North Korea has been defying council resolutions since 1993. I support the extended hand of the Americans, but what good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community? More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe a UN member state off the map.
Claudia Rosett quotes more of Sarkozy’s statement and comments in “Learning to love the French: When Sarkozy spoke truth to Obama.”
Sarkozy didn’t comment on Obama’s pathetic General Assembly speech with the line: “No nation can or should try to dominate another nation.” Mark Steyn picks up where Sarkozy left off, asking:
Did a professional speechwriter write that? Or did you outsource it to a starry-eyed runner-up in the Miss America pageant? Whether or not any nation “should try” to dominate another, they certainly “can,” and do so with effortless ease, all over the planet and throughout human history.
At the end of his column, Steyn comments: “As for the saner members of the U.N., many Europeans still think they’ve got the American president they’ve always wanted: They would agree with John Bolton’s indictment — that this was a post-American speech by a post-American president — but mean it as high praise. As the contours of the post-American world emerge, they will have plenty of time to reconsider their enthusiasm.” In which case, Sarkozy may be a leading indicator.