Sarkozy in Afghanistan

I was going to post about this last night but didn’t get to it. Then today, out of the blue, I get an email from a friend in France wondering how things are going. So I dug up a picture taken today and here ya go:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, center left, arrives to meet with French soldiers from the 8th regiment of paratroopers, survivors of the Taliban\'s ambush of Ouzbine, in Warehouse camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday August 20, 2008.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, center left, arrives to meet with French soldiers from the 8th regiment of paratroopers, survivors of the Taliban's ambush of Ouzbine, in Warehouse camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday August 20, 2008.

Though a lot of American are pretty critical of the French when it comes to international affairs and the war, let’s not forget that we are, after all, on the same side. There are going to be many more days in Afghanistan like the day that left ten French troops dead, and the more friends and allies we have, the better.

So, in the spirit of friendship with my buddy the frog, let’s all just get along for a while.

From an American perspective, Sarkozy’s election is a mostly positive development. From a French perspective, the election of anyone besides Bush this fall will probably be seen as a positive development.

Comments

  1. The French were placed in a relatively safe area of Afghanistan. I wonder if the situation is deteriorating, or if the Taliban is specifically targeting them. Maybe they are trying to get the French out of Afghanistan (maybe even out of NATO again) if they can cause enough casualties.

    I like good French military jokes as much as the next guy, but the units in Afghanistan – French Marines and Foreign Legion Paratroopers, are no joke. They got caught in convoy and their KIA were in the destroyed vehicles. The rest of them stopped and proceeded to kick ass.

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