February 11, 2009


A friend sent me this article -- U.S., France discuss Afghan war, avoid troops issue -- and told me to pay special attention to the last paragraph.

I dare you not to laugh when you read it.

[French Defense Minister] Morin has repeatedly said there are no plans to add to France's 2,800 soldiers [in Afghanistan], which make it the fourth-largest contributor to the operation after the United States, Britain and Germany.

"France's effort counts for more than just the number of men on the ground, first of all because they are better than the others," Morin said at a joint news conference with Petraeus after their meeting.


Now is the time to quote Jed Babbin:

Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. You just leave a lot of useless noisy baggage behind.

OMG, how absolutely French is that?

I sure as shootin' hope he didn't include American soldiers in the "others" that the French are better than.

Hahaha. Oh France, you make my sides hurt.

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1 Spoken like a true 'murrican. The Frankistanis are meilleurrrr, and you know it! Wait, what are the greatest of Eurabians doing assisting the oppression of the enlightened Taliban!? My head hurts! Time to brainwash more kids, I mean, teach a class.

Posted by: kevin at February 11, 2009 11:40 AM (+nV09)

2 If Morin is saying that quality of the average French soldier is higher than the quality of the others, this may be a testable claim. I wonder if Morin has any evidence for it. And I wonder what Petraeus was thinking when he heard that.

Posted by: Amritas at February 11, 2009 11:50 AM (+nV09)

3 "this may be a testable claim." Yea, it's called World War II.

Posted by: tim at February 12, 2009 03:43 AM (nno0f)

4 Tim, I don't think I could say that to a member of the French Resistance, even if I were mumbling with my eyes to the ground. I don't know anything about the French forces in Afghanistan. So I think it's possible that we're getting the crème de la crème. But is it probable? My guess is that Morin was just thoughtlessly boasting, though I really have no idea.

Posted by: Amritas at February 12, 2009 02:43 PM (Wxe3L)

5 All I know is that when the unit of the 101st that I was with confronted hostiles, the company of French Marines guarding our right flank broke ranks and ran. Not one word to us, not a warning. They just ran away. Later, they actually tried to pass it off as a joke. I will never forgive them and believe them cowards for the rest of my years.

Posted by: R1 at February 13, 2009 10:20 PM (p3fh8)

6 Oh, and the French CG ordered us to stand our ground and hold. We did. When we asked about the French Marines returning to guard our flanks, he only shrugged.

Posted by: R1 at February 13, 2009 10:23 PM (p3fh8)

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