Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kouchner Concedes

Bernard Kouchner, speaking on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man, conceded that "it is impossible to direct the foreign policy of a country exclusively on the basis of human rights. Running a country obviously makes it impossible to adhere to a strictly 'do-good' approach." Hence, he says, he should not have asked for the addition to his staff of a secretary of state for human rights. Poor Rama Yade: disavowed yesterday by the head of state, today by her immediate superior. Time to move on?

One wonders if Kouchner came to his conclusion about angélisme before or after he assumed his post?

3 comments:

Alain Q. said...

Time to move on for Kouchner, too.
The man is trying his best to commit French troops to the Congo quagmire.
We are lucky that the other Europeans vetoed this option.

We need Vedrine back in charge.

Louis said...

Vedrine would be a real foreign minister, with good contacts in the Quai d'Orsay and a vision for international relations. Difficult to see why Nicolas Sarkozy would like this kind of minister in his government, especially at the head of dplomacy. Kouchner fits the bill as a shield-bearer with good reputation and an extensive address-book, whose position in his ministry is weak. That leaves the stage to Sarkozy.

Leo said...

Louis,
although Sarkozy approached Vedrine as he was trying to poach socialists when forming his government, the fact that he did not offer him the Quai d'Orsay fully supports your contention.