Legend has it that when Gen. Cornwallis’s army surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown in 1781, the British band played “The World Turned Upside Down.” That’s what things are feeling like this week, though perhaps we ought to be warming up some version of “The End Is Near.”
Who ever thought that when it came to foreign affairs we would some day be saying “Thank God for the French”? It seems that even France can’t take the “modalities” of the French-looking John Kerry (“modalities” being the precious word Kerry used on Meet the Press yesterday to describe appeasement). Maybe Kerry forgot to pack his magic hat. Anyway, Jonathan Tobin notes at Commentary.com:
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’s “torpedoing” of the talks by his insistence on more concessions on both the Islamist state’s enrichment of uranium and their construction of a plutonium plant enraged the Iranians and frustrated Kerry and some of the other negotiators. While there is a lively debate about the French motive for their tough stance, those who care about stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon can only say thank heaven for the French.
But the surest sign that the end is near is news out of Germany that ABBA is thinking of getting back together:
The legendary Swedish pop group ABBA is mulling a possible reunion next year, singer Agnetha Faltskog said in a German newspaper interview Sunday.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the band’s first hit “Waterloo”, which won them the Eurovision song contest and catapulted them to fame.
Well maybe it serves us right to have a fresh rendition of “Waterloo” for a nation determined to sell out its superpower status without even putting up much of a fight. Who better to mark the complete Swedenization of America that a bunch of swooning sugary Swedes?