Picking up a bit of freedom Fries chatter in the snarky online universe.
The last time we grossly underestimated French military prowess it resulted in Vietnam. The gash in our country is still open.
Even after Chirac has been proven correct on Iraq are we still going to do foreign policy via late night TV comedy schtick?
As per a discussion elsewhere.
France can be more brutal than any other western democracy shold their interests be threatened and hence an excellent target for those wishing to provoke a response.
France was exceedingly brutal in the Algerian War although the Algerians proved to be brutal-er and in the end the Fourth Republic fell as the war tore the nation apart.
A cautionary tale for those who'd like to stick our entirety onto the tar baby and try to kill our way out of this thing.
There are no good otions, only less bad ones. That was true of the containment of Saddam's Iraq
which was vexing but cheap, involved few casualties and worked. The choice we made wasn't even in the top ten best and then we botched it to boot.
We should have been content to leave the oil in the ground, contain and wait.
Back to the top, a full blown genocidal offensive would be disasterous and put our republic at risk, although for those who hate it I guess that is a feature and not a bug.