This is just too delicious to ignore. Recall the conventional wisdom of the better part of the last decade about then-President George W. Bush’s supposedly go-it-alone foreign policy and how that man antagonized our allies. This silly notion was all based on the failure of two of our allies, France and Germany, to support that good man’s commitment to enforcing numerous United Nations resolutions which Iraq had violated.
Well, when Jacques Chirac, the man who served as President of France for the better part of W’s tenure in the White House stepped down in 2007, our relations with the Gallic nation quickly improved. The problem was not the American President, but the French one.
Now, that perfidious Parisian has been ordered to stand trial for corruption. Pardon my schadenfreude.
*NB, I flipped the order of the clauses in the title as, upon further reflection, I realized this version just plain sounded better.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Sean A offers an important reminder:
And just to be clear, during the Bush Presidency, when liberals were constantly bemoaning America’s “standing in the world community,” and shrieking about “the rest of the world laughing at us,” Chirac is one of the paragons of integrity whose approval they judged as indispensable.