Thursday, January 23, 2003

Rummy stirs up the chicken coop
The AP reports the Euroweenies are all atwitter in Rumsfeld's remarks draw angry reactions in France:
PARIS - French leaders reacted angrily Thursday to U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld's dismissal of France and Germany as the "old Europe," saying the comments underscore America's arrogance.

Finance Minister Francis Mer said he was "profoundly vexed" by the remarks.
And that he'd have more to say after a leisurely lunch?
"If you knew what I feel like telling him, to Mr. Rumsfeld ... " said Ecology Minister Roselyne Bachelot on Europe-1 radio. She then stopped herself and said the word would be too offensive to publish.
Her vocabulary was apparently exhausted at that point.
Martine Aubry, a Socialist leader and influential former labor minister, said Rumsfeld's comments "show once again a certain arrogance of the United States."
No Martine, it shows a certain impatience with pusillanimous fools.