French President Nicholas Sarkozy said yesterday in a press briefing with President Obama, “We cannot afford to have the world’s number one power not being open to the rest of the world. “The world does not stop at the East Coast, the world does not stop at the West Coast.” That’s an interesting statement that cries for dissection.
First, Sarkozy and his right-wing political party have become very unpopular with the people of France as indicated by the losses in the recent elections. So one has to wonder if this was not a message to the people of France rather than to the citizens of America.
Oddly, a year ago nearly to the day, this was the message that Sarkozy stated: “It feels really good to be able to work with a U.S. President who wants to change the world and who understands that the world does not boil down to American frontiers and borders.”
Is Sarkozy suffering early Alzheimer’s? Or, is President Obama acting differently today than Sarkozy expected him to act? I think that’s the case.
I suspect that Sarkozy is especially annoyed with Obama’s tough talk on the Israeli settlements issue with came to a head a few weeks ago that also embarrassed Vice-president Biden when he was visiting Israel. Obama doesn’t seem to be in the pocket of the Israeli lobby as was George W. Bush. Is that was Sarkozy was suggesting? It was interesting to note that, during the recent visit to the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, no photographs of the two were permitted.
Or is it Iran? We all recall John McCain’s idiotic and perhaps costly mistake during the campaign when he sang, “Bomb, bomb, bomb-bomb Iran!” Sarkozy wants tough sanctions on Iran, but Obama has not yet come aboard on that issue. It was clear that during the Bush-Cheney years, Iran was in the cross-hairs of those two nincompoops. Obama, on the other hand, already has two wars on his plate, handed to him by those warmongers.
To anyone who has been paying attention, we all know that Iran and Israel are powerkegs awaiting lit fuses. Will the hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu decide to launch a preemptive strike against and Iranian nuclear facility again? And, if so, will Iran strike back this time?
And at that moment, President Obama will be faced with an unpleasant decision- a decision that could open up yet a third theater of operations for our weary and over-extended troops.