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Nicolas Sarkozy Schools Obama On Foreign Policy

by @ 10:21 am on September 26, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Foreign Affairs, France, Politics

It hasn’t been widely reported in the American press, but French President Nicolas Sarkozy didn’t exactly endorse Barack Obama’s call for a world without nuclear weapons:

“President Obama dreams of a world without weapons … but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite.

“Iran since 2005 has flouted five security council resolutions. North Korea has been defying council resolutions since 1993.

“I support the extended hand of the Americans, but what good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community? More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe a UN member state off the map,” he continued, referring to Israel.

The sharp-tongued French leader even implied that Mr Obama’s resolution 1887 had used up valuable diplomatic energy.

“If we have courage to impose sanctions together it will lend viability to our commitment to reduce our own weapons and to making a world without nuke weapons,” he said.

Mr Sarkozy has previously called the US president’s disarmament crusade “naive.”

I agree with Stephen Green, perhaps Sarkozy would get more attention from the press here in the US if he made use of his wife:

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I know I’d pay attention.

2 Responses to “Nicolas Sarkozy Schools Obama On Foreign Policy”

  1. Me says:

    Like they say, no counting women’s taste – What does she see in the guy? Must have a (or two) secret lover(s)…

  2. Londra22 says:

    You should check out the complete transcript of Sarkozy’s comments before you continue high-fiving each other. The Frenchman isn’t schooling Obama; he’s cheering his courage and criticizing the ineffective handling the past 4 years (if I have my history correct, Obama wasn’t President in 2005 or 2006 or 2007 or 2008). http://ambafrance-us.org/spip.php?article1432f

    “The people of the entire world are listening to what we’re saying, to our promises, our commitments and our speeches, but we live in a real world, not a virtual world.

    We say: reductions must be made. And President Obama has even said, “I dream of a world without [nuclear weapons].” Yet before our very eyes, two countries are currently doing the exact opposite. Since 2005, Iran has violated five Security Council resolutions. Since 2005, Secretary-General, the international community has called on Iran to engage in dialogue. An offer of dialogue was made in 2005, an offer of dialogue was made in 2006, an offer of dialogue was made in 2007, an offer of dialogue was made in 2008, and another one was made in 2009. President Obama, I support the Americans’ outstretched hand. But what did the international community gain from these offers of dialogue? Nothing. More enriched uranium, more centrifuges, and on top of that, a statement by Iranian leaders proposing to wipe a UN member State off the map.

    If we want in the end to have a world without nuclear weapons, let us not accept the violation of international rules.

    So, ladies and gentlemen, my dear colleagues, this is what I believe, in full support of what was decided in the resolution and in full support of President Obama’s initiative. What I believe is that by having the courage to strengthen sanctions, together, against countries that violate Security Council resolutions, we will give credibility to our commitment to a world whose future holds fewer nuclear weapons and perhaps, one day, no nuclear weapons.”

    Still want to do his wife? Even more so now, huh?

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