13 August 2008

Sarkozy, New Leader of the Free World?

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has brokered a truce between Russia and Georgia. Granted, the timing was right for Russia to make an agreement, as they'd achieved their goals, and granted the truce is fragile and both sides are claiming the other is violating it.

None of that detracts from the fact that Sarkozy did what Bush should have done. Yes, the French have at least temporarily taken away the U.S.'s role as leader of he free world. And if you don't think that's a kick in crotch to U.S. conservatives, you've already forgotten about freedom fries.


James K said...

When you take a look at who he managed to persuade to marry him, its clear that Sarkozy is a master of persuasion :)

In some ways the fact Sarkozy is not President of the US makes it easier for Putin to make concessions to him. Backing down to US requests would looks like submissiveness, but when he accedes to Sarkozy's requests he just looks magnanimous.

Basically he doesn't have to worry about backing down to the French because they aren't a threat and everyone knows it.

The Ripley Porch said...

I think you need to update your thoughts on this...there is no doubt at this moment that Sarkozy is the new leader of the Free World. There are numerous reasons for the analysis...and I suspect that a series of appearances next summer by Sarkozy in the US...would reshape the outcome of a dozen senate elections, and disrupt the current Obama strategy.