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France says would not act alone on Syria if US rules out strike
Voice of Russia, Reuters ^ | 9-4-13 | VOR

Posted on 09/03/2013 8:43:11 AM PDT by tcrlaf

France will not intervene alone in Syria if the U.S. Congress votes against action, President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday.

"If the decision of (Congress) was not positive, then we would not act alone, but we would not shirk our responsibilities, by supporting the opposition in Syria in such a way that would provide a response," Hollande said after meeting German President Joachim Gauck.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: france; obama; syria; war
So much for Obama's "neat little war" allies...
1 posted on 09/03/2013 8:43:11 AM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

Cheese anyone?


2 posted on 09/03/2013 8:44:37 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: tcrlaf

no problem, obama has the French Republicans


3 posted on 09/03/2013 8:45:23 AM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: tcrlaf

What kind of diplomatic BS response is this:


we would not act alone, but we would not shirk our responsibilities, by supporting the opposition in Syria in such a way that would provide a response

Are they basically saying “We think Syria should be attacked but won’t do it unless the US goes first. If the US chooses not to go we will not send troops either but we will support the rebels in other ways”?

God, I HATE diplo-speak


4 posted on 09/03/2013 8:45:56 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Government: Slimy used car salesmen writing laws forcing you to buy their cars)
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To: Don Corleone

WHAT? Les Fracoise backing down? Sacre Bleu! How can this be? Where’s inspector Closeau when we need him?


5 posted on 09/03/2013 8:46:04 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: All

Seriously?!? Our foreign policy has devolved to what amounts to a couple of kids looking at each other and going “I’ll do it if you do it”.


6 posted on 09/03/2013 8:46:53 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: Turbo Pig

Meanwhile, you just KNOW the Russians are looking at all of this going, “WTF??!!”.


7 posted on 09/03/2013 8:48:08 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf

Nice to know our fellow socialists are there for us.


8 posted on 09/03/2013 8:53:06 AM PDT by albie (re)
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To: Don Corleone
The only thing France has acted alone on since their little attempt at empire building in Mexico back in the 1840s (I think) is waving the white flag and maybe presenting the sword of surrender to whom ever was shooting at them at the time.
9 posted on 09/03/2013 8:59:30 AM PDT by Tupelo (There are no Republicans or Democrats in Washington. Just Millionaires protecting their turf.)
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To: tcrlaf

10 posted on 09/03/2013 8:59:38 AM PDT by 444Flyer (How long O LORD? Habakkuk 2;Isaiah 55)
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To: tcrlaf
So they won't shirk their responsibilities by supporting someone else to take care of it?

Hmmm.

I don't think even Rosetta Stone would help me with the linguistic nuances, here.......

11 posted on 09/03/2013 9:00:28 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: Personal Responsibility

What he means is they would attack, but with a cautious, anti-war demeanor.


12 posted on 09/03/2013 9:08:10 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (Mr. President, can you hear a special prosecutor now?)
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To: tcrlaf
> Meanwhile, you just KNOW the Russians are looking at all of this going, “WTF??!!”.

Or more likely than "WTF?", something like the Russian equivalent of "LOL!".

13 posted on 09/03/2013 9:16:28 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

“Or more likely than “WTF?”, something like the Russian equivalent of “LOL!”.

Bingo! Ivans in Russia are laughing again at the pitiful Frogs!


14 posted on 09/03/2013 9:23:08 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( When feral Islamics are killing each other, stand back and let Allah sort them out!)
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To: Tupelo

“...waving the white flag and maybe presenting the sword of surrender to whom ever was shooting at them at the time....”

Ok...once and once only, I’ll stick up for the Frogs...

The French Poilu fought like absolute maniacs in World War I. Yeah, they had the Brits and us helping them, but look at Verdun for an example of how they fought tooth and nail and would not cede one inch of ground... Operation Gericht was meant to bleed the French white; it wound up bleeding the Germans as badly as it did the French. They just wouldn’t roll over and quit.

Gotta give them a little credit where its due...

(donning flame-retardant suit in 3....2....1)

Seriously though - if you want to read an amazing account of the French Verdun, read “The Price of Glory” by Alistair Horne (1961).


15 posted on 09/03/2013 9:26:17 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Personal Responsibility
"If the decision of (Congress) was not positive, then we would not act alone, but we would not shirk our responsibilities, by supporting the opposition in Syria in such a way that would provide a response," Hollande said...

Three negatives followed by 2 positives, and a jumbled mass of 36 words that confuse, conflate & distort whatever it is that this socialist is trying to say. No wonder he's buddies (I think) with 0dumb0! Good to know that we're not the only country with an idiot for its' leader.

16 posted on 09/03/2013 9:28:40 AM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: tcrlaf

I am (IN NO WAY)in favor of OBOZO’S War Plans,but I can still remember what “Stormin’ Norman”said about The French.””To Go To War Without The French Is Like Going Deer-Hunting Without An Accordion”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


17 posted on 09/03/2013 9:47:26 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: tcrlaf

It’s your former colony, France!

The UK and France should be required to do the dirty work over there seeing that they made up those stupid countries.


18 posted on 09/03/2013 9:55:20 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: tcrlaf

The Frogs might actually be resting up a bit and re-loading. It’s only been a few weeks since they sucked it up and did some serious house cleaning in Mali on their own.


19 posted on 09/03/2013 10:15:16 AM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: tcrlaf

Eeee, I missed the “not” in the headline on first glance. I thought I heard le mouse roar.


20 posted on 09/03/2013 10:21:21 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: tcrlaf

This decision was precipitated by the recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.


21 posted on 09/03/2013 10:22:32 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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Cantor & Boehner aren't quite listening to Ted Cruz very well.
I wonder why.


22 posted on 09/03/2013 10:27:36 AM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: tcrlaf

Don’t worry. Our Saudi Masters have ordered the attack, and both Democrats and Republicans alike have fallen into line.


23 posted on 09/03/2013 10:35:42 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: tcrlaf

France is ready; white flags firmly affixed to all rifles.


24 posted on 09/03/2013 10:39:18 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: tcrlaf

...does France even have a military?


25 posted on 09/03/2013 11:56:59 AM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: Don Corleone

Maybe France can help us to surrender.


26 posted on 09/03/2013 12:12:05 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: tcrlaf

How very French of them


27 posted on 09/03/2013 12:29:49 PM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: tcrlaf

I think it’s fairly well established that no nation in Europe, sans possibly the UK, is gonna take any kind of real initiative in global affairs like this one unless the US is holding their hand every step of the way. Hopefully it has turned out to be a huge alert for everyone who insisted it would be so much different under Obama.


28 posted on 09/03/2013 12:58:44 PM PDT by freedom46and2
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To: NFHale
It is a fact that over the past several hundred years, if you count up the number of battles fought, lost and won by European armies, the French have by far the best record in terms of wins, draws and losses.

It's their RECENT record that hasn't been particularly good.

29 posted on 09/03/2013 1:15:14 PM PDT by Vanders9
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“...French have by far the best record in terms of wins, draws and losses...”

We joke about the Frenchies a lot... I think they’re sad WWII non-performance and Vietnam debacle just flayed their reputation.

And I really do believe World War I just bled them so badly - just wasted a few generations of their sons - that they are still recovering from it.

After I read Horne’s book “The Price of Glory” my opinion of them changed. They were maniacs defending Verdun and took horrible losses in manhood that would castrate any nation.

There was a bronze plaque at one of the Verdun sites, Fort Vaux, I believe; it was put there after the war, by a mother of one of the slain French soldiers who died there. It says “Since your eyes have been closed, mine have not ceased weeping.”

You could say that was an epitaph for that whole generation of young men who never came home.

Very sad...


30 posted on 09/04/2013 4:55:01 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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