Here is a teaser:
PARIS -- Once every five or six weeks, a French presidential adviser named Maurice Gourdault-Montagne flies to Washington to meet with his American counterpart, national security adviser Stephen Hadley. They spend several hours coordinating strategy on Iran, Syria, Lebanon and other hot spots, and then the Frenchman flies home. In between trips, the two men talk often on the phone, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Whether you read the article or not, let's analyze this a little further:
After the hissy fit Chirac and his ensemble threw when we removed Saddam, it's hard to believe that this is happening. But let's think back a bit, to immediately after 9/11. Remember when the President announced that many nations had agreed to provide the U.S. intelligence, some overtly and some secretly?
Well, I am beginning to suspect that France has been cooperating more than they've let on. We all know that they have been in dire straits on their Arab/Muslim situation for a long time. They had to know it too. They had to know that the mood of that population within their borders, had been simmering and waiting to come to a full roiling boil, for long time.
Maybe they had no real choice but to put on a facade for the record. But off the record, maybe both France and Germany have been secretly working with the Bush administration. Whether or not they really were upset over us killing their cash cow in Iraq, I am not completely sure. But for the rest of the war, they may have been on our side all along.
Once the riots blew up in their faces, maybe they now feel that their cooperation needs to be understood, by the enemies of western civilization. They also might feel that there needs to be a global united front presented to islamofascism and a show of unity with the United States is truly in their best interests.
If this is true, it would appear that I have been overly harsh in my criticism of France. And if that truly were to be the case, then will I have no trouble admitting that I have been wrong.
You see, whatever it takes to defend the free world against oppressive murderous thugs that want to destroy my way of life, I am for it. If France wants to help, I would not be against it, in the least. In fact, I would much rather have France on our side, than to have them on the other side. So if it means letting them pretend to hate us while they are actually helping us, then, so be it.