Friday, October 15, 2004

Our Friends the French

John Miller & Mark Molesky's new book, Our Oldest Enemy : A History of America's Disastrous Relationship with France, received a good review from the WSJ in Faux Amis. A partial accounting of French perfidy from the review:
France sided with the Confederacy during the Civil War. Vichy French troops fought American soldiers in North Africa in World War II. During the Cold War Charles de Gaulle did everything he could to weaken NATO. In 1986, Fran├žois Mitterrand denied U.S. warplanes permission to fly over French airspace on the way to Libya--a decision that added six or seven hours of flight time for American pilots retaliating against Tripoli for a Berlin bombing that had killed American servicemen. President Reagan remarked that "France conducted a lot of business with Libya and was typically trying to play both sides." Then there was Iraq.