Monday, September 27, 2004


France and Germany will not send troops NO MATTER WHO IS PRESIDENT

This financial times article has government officials from France and Germany quoted as saying neither will send troops, no matter who wins the presidential election.

"I cannot imagine that there will be any change in our decision not to send troops, whoever becomes president," Gert Weisskirchen, member of parliament and foreign policy expert for Germany's ruling Social Democratic Party, said in an interview"

"Michel Barnier, the French foreign minister, said last week that France, which has tense relations with interim prime minister Iyad Allawi, had no plans to send troops 'either now or later'"

There are two issues here. First, France and Germany did not refuse to send troops because they don't like Bush - they didn't send troops because they were both making out big on the Oil for Food Program. Unless Kerry decides to subsidize these two countries with "lost" money from that corrupt program, they are never going to help (don't count this option completely out, knowing Kerry). The second thing to realize is that (corruption aside) after hearing Kerry say things like, "quagmire", "wrong war, wrong place wrong time", "coalition of the coerced and the bribed", "grossly mismanaged", and "my goal is to bring all the troops back by the end of my first term", what country in their right mind would decide to send troops now - no matter who is president.

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