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The Limits of Gratitude


A reader writes:

“Making the accurate observation that France’s freedom was
bought with the blood of young Americans and THEREFORE France needs to
rubber stamp Washington’s position regardless of its objections amounts
to saying: ‘Because you saved my life last year by pulling me,
unconscious, from a burning building, I have to let you drive home drunk

I think he has a point. I bow to no one (well, except to Jonah) in my ire at the French over their cynical behavior towards us over Iraq. However, it really is unfair to think that France, or any other nation liberated by America, owes us total fealty in all foreign policy matters, forever.