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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Sour Grapes and an Apple Tree

Neo-con mover-and-shaker Anne Applebaum can't resist putting the boot in on retiring French President Jacques Chirac in this week's Washington Post. But is it just sour grapes from the wife of the former Polish Defence Minister?

Four years ago, in the build-up to the Iraq war, Applebaum took part in a question and answer session with the Washington Post's readers. Here's one exchange:

Lehi, Utah:
Do France, Germany, and other nations which apparently oppose the U.S.-British position on Iraq, have any concern that if war comes and massive proof of Iraqi WMD is found, it will leave a stain on their credibility on such issues ?

Anne Applebaum:
It's a good question - I would think it would worry them. France and Germany do risk being completely disqualified as serious members of the international commmunity. Inspections haven't worked - that is, they haven't prevented Iraq from developing weapons.

Surpisingly, in her attack on Chirac for his alleged policy failings, Ms Applebaum doesn't mention the prediction she made before the Iraq war. I wonder why that is?

1 comment:

Nick The Silver said...

Being a neo-con not only means never having to say sorry, it also means being able to write whatever nonsense you like. Can you imagine what Applebaum and co would have said had Iraqi WMDS turned up? We would never had heard the last of it.