Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Is Sarkozy The New Thatcher?

Dan from New York writes:

At last Thursday's Security Council meeting hosted by Obama, French President Sarkozy contradicted, if not mocked, Obama's utopian call for universal nuclear disarmament. Oddly enough, Sarkozy's remarkable retort went virtually unreported by America's Axelrod-run media but did show up last week in Canada's National Post (since pulled from their website) and the UK's Daily Telegraph.

Obama: "We must never stop until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of the earth."

Sarkozy: "We live in the real world, not the virtual world. And the real world expects us to take decisions."

"President Obama dreams of a world without weapons … but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite."

"Iran since 2005 has flouted five security council resolutions. North Korea has been defying council resolutions since 1993."

"I support the extended hand of the Americans, but what good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community? More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe a UN member state off the map," he continued, referring to Israel.

The sharp-tongued French leader even implied that Mr. Obama’s resolution 1887 had used up valuable diplomatic energy.

"If we have courage to impose sanctions together it will lend viability to our commitment to reduce our own weapons and to making a world without nuke weapons," he said.

Mr. Sarkozy has previously called the US president’s disarmament crusade "naive."

Did you ever think you'd live to see the day when a French leader would lecture an American president on "courage"? Will Canada be the next to say "don't go wobbly on us, BHO"?

(Closely) Related: The WSJ noticed too. Today they comment here.

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