The Real Reason Americans Bash the French

It's not because they are so different, but because they are so similar

First, a confession. Last winter, during the interminable debates at the United Nations before the invasion of Iraq, I thought--and wrote--that if the U.S. and Britain went to war against Saddam Hussein, France would join them. That was a triumph of cynicism over judgment--a cynicism shared, though this is no excuse, by top officials in the U.S. State Department--and it was, obviously, dead wrong. France stayed out of the war. For a few months this seemed like a catastrophic error on France's part, as Saddam was toppled and the Bush Administration puffed out its chest like a rooster that had just...

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