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Chirac Unloads

A week ago, French foreign minister Barnier wrote a “Letter to America” in the Wall Street Journal. “I’m concerned to see both Americans and Europeans expressing doubts over the future of transatlantic relations,” he worried. “I believe we must give a new impetus to our political relations.”

Apparently his boss, the president of Our Oldest Enemy, hasn’t kept track of Barnier’s correspondence. Speaking to British journalists, he shared a few thoughts on America:

“Britain gave its support but I did not see anything in return. I’m not sure it is in the nature of our American friends at the moment to return favours systematically.”

“It is like that nice guy in America — what’s his name again? — who spoke about ‘old Europe’. It has no sense. It’s a lack of culture to imagine that.”

“I am not sure, with America as it is these days, that it would be easy for someone, even the British, to be an honest broker.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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