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After French Criticism, Washington
Drops Payment Demand

Wall Street Journal, by David Gauthier-Villars & Adam Entous

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/21/2013 3:17:01 PM

France is increasingly upset by what it sees as limited Obama administration support for the war it is waging in Mali against al Qaeda militants, including an initial U.S. demand, since dropped, that Paris foot the bill for any Air Force transport flights, French officials said. After the French went public with their complaints over the weekend, the Pentagon yielded on one of them, saying Sunday night that it would not seek reimbursement from Paris for the flights. However, the unusually harsh criticism from Paris underscored the longtime U.S. ally´s growing frustration with the U.S. commitment to the Mali mission.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Distorted, 1/21/2013 3:24:44 PM     (No. 9130577)

But, but, but, these Muzzies are digging up and decimating ancient sacred martyrs´ tombs of other Muzzies in Timbuktu ("the City of 333 Saints") because they are too elaborate, thus idolatrous and an affront to Allah. We can´t let that happen, those tombs are an historic treasure. How do I know they are an historic treasure...because the UN tells me so.

So, let´s gird up and save Muzzie tombs in the absolute middle of the Sahara from a bunch of religious lunatics spawned by other religious lunatics. Let´s pick sides in religious lunacy, yeah, that´s the ticket, ride to the tune of Muzzie in-fighting.

Instead, we ought to be parachuting in swords & bludgeons...to both sides.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: crimea river, 1/21/2013 3:34:44 PM     (No. 9130614)

Maybe the french can take it out of the $2.3 billion the US gave them under the Marshall Plan.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 1/21/2013 3:38:03 PM     (No. 9130630)

OMG, now you´ve done it. You´ve got conservatives agreeing with France! (Right, #2.)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: kanphil, 1/21/2013 3:38:32 PM     (No. 9130631)

How many years did we wait for the French to pay their war debts, Marshall Plan included?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: veritas, 1/21/2013 3:58:03 PM     (No. 9130680)

If Stinky the Usurper keeps it up, Marquis de Lafayette´s gonna send the dirt back. [You have to know a little history for that one.]

As for the Marshall Plan -- first, let´s not tangle two separate issues, OK? That leads to sloppy thinking, often on both.

Further, Marshall Plan aid to European nations: a. helped the US enormously by getting them back on their feet and participating in the world economy, rather than being charity-dependent basket-cases for decades [with the suffering populations fertile grounds for troublemakers]; and b. helped hold back both ambitious enemies [the Soviets] and domestic demagogues like those who did so much [in Germany and Italy] to bring about WWII.

I suggest the Marshall Plan was money very-well-employed, and quite a bargain considering other too-possible outcomes.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: vesicant, 1/21/2013 4:35:13 PM     (No. 9130749)

Amazing. France gets a socialist president and makes a right (in both senses) turn. We get a socialist and circle deeper into the toilet bowl.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/22/2013 5:27:29 AM     (No. 9131607)

Didn´t France drop out of NATO? If so, why should the US support them with our taxpayer dime at all?

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