Skip to comments.Syria: John Kerry slaps Britain in face as he calls France 'oldest allies'
Posted on 08/30/2013 2:18:25 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Syria: John Kerry slaps Britain in face as he calls France 'oldest allies'
John Kerry delivers diplomatic slap in the face to Britain, failing to mention them among list of supporters and referring to France as "oldest allies".
By Peter Foster, Washington
7:17PM BST 30 Aug 2013
John Kerry administered a diplomatic slap in the face to Britain following David Cameron's withdrawal of military support for intervention in Syria, omitting the UK from a long list of 'friends' prepared to support US actions against the Assad regime.
The diplomatic smart was made worse by Mr Kerry's pointed reference to the French as "our oldest ally" a reference that dates back to France's role supporting America against Britain in the American Revolutionary War that began in 1776.
"It matters here if nothing is done. It matters if the world speaks out in condemnation and then nothing happens," said Mr Kerry less than 24 hours after the Commons vote that forced Mr Cameron to renege on his offer to support US action.
"America should feel confident and gratified that we are not alone in our condemnation and we are not alone in our will to do something about it and to act," added Mr Kerry, making an impassioned case that the world could walk on by in the face of Assad's use of chemical weapons.
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Eh? France wasn’t a US ally in our war of independence?
and punches above their weight ,D’oh
Well, he’s technically right.
Well, yes, they were. The French have been allies with the US pretty much since day one.
I believe there were a number of countries which recognized our independence before Great Britain did: Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Prussia and maybe even Morocco.
Not diplomatic, but at least for once he’s not wrong.
Even Hillary! wouldn’t be this stupid.
What brainless fools we have for a government.
He is correct, though still a horse faced chucklehead. France has been an ally of the U.S. since the revolution. They are not are most ardent ally, but our oldest.
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France was our ally when we were fighting for our Independence from, “wait for it”, Great Britain. So he’s right about that. They certainly haven’t been our best ally of late, that title has belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood ever since Obama sent back that bust of Churchill.
Let’s see how many Algerians the French put in harm’s way.
So, JF'nK chalks up another FP win for BHO.
True. True. True.
Of course, the reason the French supported the US in it’s earliest stages was in the hopes of distracting the British from all of the fighting on the continent.
Enemy of my enemy is my friend.
The thing about diplomacy is you try not to burn
your bridges before you cross them.
Kerry could have said a few simple words about British
support coming after the UN’s findings but no.
The damage this administration is doing will last decades.
I heard a story that when DeGaulle called to tell President Johnson France was pulling out of NATO and he wanted all US soldiers off French soil, Johnson asked him, “does that apply to our war dead, too”?
Ih 1664 we were Englishmen...
From 1664 until 1775 we as Englishmen fought the French on US soil just about every year for those 100+ years...
My Irish born Englishman ancestor was killed by the French and Indians at Lake George in 1755..His FIL fought the French in 1711...
Except for 2 short periods 1775-1783 and 1812-1814...about 10 years ...when we fought major battles against the English crown...
we have been allies ...sometimes best chums and sometimes cautiously...but allies..
maybe Carry is referring to Jefferson and his French naturality and how close we must be to France because of that...
needless (and pointless) insults of our allies...(as well as leaking their defense secrets to the mass media in order to weaken or undercut them...)
they must be teaching something new in Diplomacy class these days?
We also fought a Quasi-War with the French during their Revolution. 1798 to 1800.
They gave some support.
When I think about it, they didn’t support us against the Brits because they liked us. They just hated the Brits so much more.
However that was about six changes of government ago.
he is correct in calling them our oldest
they are also our first national enemy, too
Had I been in their situation I might have done the same. No one likes to be involved in something but kept in the dark.
Well, it’s the first true thing I’ve heard him say in a while. And besides, this bunch slaps UK every chance they get.
Stop with your Wingnut propaganda. John Kerry met with both sides in Paris. The North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong!
Probably the Viet Meim, Chicoms and some real radicals.
France was the Confederacy’s best ally providing the south with arms during the war for states rights.
I think Morocco was first - I think they were proud of that at Epcot.
As you may know, Morocco was officially during World War II, but allowed American troops to land there and use it as a base to push into North Africa. General George S. Patton loved the Moroccans for that reason.
John Kerry administered a diplomatic slap in the face to Britain following David Cameron's withdrawal of military support for intervention in Syria, omitting the UK from a long list of 'friends' prepared to support US actions against the Assad regime.Listing the UK when the UK Parliament said no would have been false and would have called attention to the fact. Naturally a UK paper would bring this up, probably for reasons of partisan advocacy.
So this is “nuance” in action.