French President Sarkozy Attacked!

President Nicolas Sarkozy was attacked by onlooker Hermann Fuster because he was upset over Sarkozy's stance on Libya. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss.



Uh oh..Saakashvili-o's!

Folks, it seems as if everyone's favorite Georgian President is spoiling for a Round 2 with Moscow.  

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New tunes and shifting transatlantic fronts on Iran

When asked by The Financial Times to comment on the Bush administration's recent 24/7 no-holds-barred saber rattling, Admiral William Fallon, head of CENTCOM, made clear that an attack on Iran was not "in the offing."

"Getting Iranian behavior to change and finding ways to get them to come to their senses and do that is the real objective. Attacking them as a means to get to that spot strikes me as being not the first choice in my book ... None of this is helped by the continuing stories that just keep going around and around and around that any day now there will be another war which is just not where we want to go ... It astounds me that so many pundits and others are spending so much time yakking about this topic."

Well, I'd say the admiral should take his astonishment to Number One Observatory Circle; I'm sure he can have himself informed there. Yet Admiral Fallon is no third-row analyst tasked to take sunk pawns from the board when the O-10s are playing Battleships with the SecNav. His valuation carries weight. The more so as it ties in with other prominent brass-hats declaring against Dick Cheney's pet project, and President Bush himself striking up shawm sounds with regard to Iran when talking to Germany's Angela Merkel this weekend. Leaves one to wonder what to make of this sudden change of tune.

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A Reason for Alarm

Cross posted at The Word Smiths

While it remains to be seen how any of this will affect U.S. foreign relations, over the past couple of years, I have noticed an alarming trend in worldwide elections:  the right is on the rise.

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Sarkozy Wins French Presidency

Sarkozy won with 53 percent to Royal's 47 percent, with 85 percent turnout. Now the eyes in France turn to the June legislative elections that where Sarkozy's party must win a majority to make any radical changes. I think the conservatives in the US will probably herald this as a shift in France, and is some regards, but not others:
`Like Thatcher in Britain, like Reagan in the United States, Sarkozy will change things,'' said supporter Thierry Gauvert, 55.

The White House said President Bush had called to congratulate Sarkozy, who is largely untested in foreign policy but reached out to the United States in his victory speech, an indication of his desire to break from the trans-Atlantic tension of the Chirac era. Sarkozy also made it clear that France would remain an independent voice.

The United States, he declared, can ``count on our friendship,'' but he added that ``friendship means accepting that friends can have different opinions.''

He urged the United States to take the lead on climate change and said the issue would be a priority for France.

``A great nation, like the United States, has a duty not to block the battle against global warming but - on the contrary - to take the lead in this battle, because the fate of the whole of humanity is at stake,'' Sarkozy said.

The shift is really moving toward a market-based economy, something that would hardly be considered conservative in the US. Sarkozy is probably good for the EU. Likewise, Sarkozy, like other reality-based politicians [in regards to global warming], realizes that the conservative Republicans in the US are the ones holding back the world on environmental reform. The only real alliance that I see with Conservatives in the US and Sarkozy, is a hostility toward ethnic plurality and multiculturalism.

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