France's Game

French opposition to the U.S. is not about Iraq but about who runs the world

What is it with France? It is one thing to oppose American policy on Iraq. Germany, China and many others have done so. France, however, has gone beyond mere opposition. France has been bent on organizing a worldwide coalition--a coalition of the unwilling--to stop the U.S., not just lining up other major powers like Russia but even sending its Foreign Minister on a tour of Africa to persuade three members of the U.N. Security Council to vote against the U.S. and ensure an American defeat.

Why? The usual reasons apply--France's enormous Iraqi oil contracts and enormous unpaid Iraqi loans that would...

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