Never in a million years would I have expected a Frenchman, any Frenchman living today, to chide an American president to be a man. Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan are rolling over in their graves as French President Nicolas Sarkozy reminds President Obama, our president,that “we live in a real world, not a virtual world“.
This episode between Sarkozy and Obama occurred prior to President Obama’s I have a dream of a world without nuclear weapons disarmament speech as chair of the United Nations Security Council meeting on September 24. An American holding the chair of the U.N. Security Council was a first, so the foreign media was out in force attracting global attention. Unbeknownst to the world at the time President Obama, as well as Sarkozy, had intelligence that Iran had an illegal uranium enrichment facility.
So instead of using the bully pulpit as the leader of the free world and his superior oratory skills to admonish Iran at the United Nations Security Council, Obama chose to give his I have a dream of a world without nuclear weapons disarmament speech. The New York Times reported “White House officials,” did not want to “dilute” his disarmament resolution “by diverting to Iran.”
Charles Krauthammer had this to say to what happened at the United Nations Security Council:
Diversion? It’s the most serious security issue in the world. A diversion from what? From a worthless U.N. disarmament resolution?
Yes. And from Obama’s star turn as planetary visionary: “The administration told the French,” reports The Wall Street Journal, “that it didn’t want to ‘spoil the image of success’ for Mr. Obama’s debut at the U.N.”
Image? Success? Sarkozy could hardly contain himself. At the council table, with Obama at the chair, he reminded Obama that “we live in a real world, not a virtual world.”
President Sarkozy was aghast, aghast, to say the least of Obama’s blown opportunity to put Iran in her place, instead President Obama chose to use it as a domestic political ploy so he could look good?
What just happened here? Isn’t it suppose to be the other way around, America using her position in the world as the lone superpower and put Iran in her place? While France twiddles her thumbs in exasperation?
Where have I seen this before?
Iran mocking the United States while an American president gets overwhelmed by international events?
Oh yeah, the nightmare that occurred during the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran is eerily drawing similar parallels to today. A feckless, inexperienced, and idealistic president who thinks talking his way out of international incidents will make him loved by his enemies and friends in the middle of a worsening economy.
What? No more French jokes? With France upset with the U.S. at our indecisiveness, French jokes lose their luster.
I’ll miss those marvelous Mark Twain quotes such as, “(a) Frenchman’s home is where another man’s wife is”, “(i)n certain public indecencies the difference between a dog and a Frenchman is not perceptible”, and finally “(a)n isolated and helpless young girl is perfectly safe from insult by a Frenchman, if he is dead.”
Soon the free world will be mocking us while President Obama fumbles at his next My Little Pony moment looking for his teleprompter while trying to pose for photographers wearing his favorite Jimmy Carter sweater.
Otto von Bismark once said of the young and fledgling United States, “(t)here is a providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America.”
Charles Krauthammer opined, Bismarck never saw Obama at the United Nations. Sarkozy did.