Thursday, February 23, 2012

Santorum Demotes Sarkozy

President Barack Obama, Santorum said, "actually went to France a year or so ago and was with Nicolas Sarkozy and said that, 'Here I am with the French Prime Minister, our best ally in the world.' Now think about this. Name one time in the last 20 years that the French stood by us with anything. But in Barack Obama's eyes, that makes them our best ally, because they fought what was in the best interest of our country."
Sarkozy l'Américain will no doubt be disappointed to learn that he has been demoted to the level of his collaborateur, François Fillon. More serious, as Justin Vaïsse notes,
Santorum’s "clock stopped in 2003," added Justin Vaïsse, senior fellow and director of research at the Center on the U.S. and Europe at the Brookings Institution.

...
In fact, France has sometimes sought more stringent sanctions against Iran than some of its allies. "On Iran sanctions, the French are actually on a tougher line than the Obama administration -- a hard line that would be closer to Republican candidates like Santorum and Romney, and Congress in general," Vaïsse said.
Well, yes. Of course a cynic might respond that France would like nothing more than to halt Iran's nuclear program in order to sell Iran a few EPRs from Areva, but cynicism is not always the best guide to analyzing foreign policy. Suffice it to say that Santorum is out to lunch--but that's news of "dog bites man" dullness.

No comments: