Sunday, May 06, 2007

Sarkozy wins French presidency

"The French people have called for change. I will carry out that change, because that's the mandate I have received from the French people."

Sarkozy added that he wanted to tell his "American friends that they can rely on our friendship ... France will always be next to them when they need us."



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Comments:
GO SARKOZY -- YOU ROCK!!!

I won't have to hide my love for all things French much longer :-.)

When I think about those nights in Montreal. . .

I still love you Mario, wherever you are ;-.)

/lyrics courtesy of Gino Vannelli
 
RW,

The only problem with Sarko is that he is a global warming groupie and is pushing for the U.S. to join in that fiasco.

Honu,

Mario? What the hell kind of French name is that? Are you sure it's not Italians that you love?
 
Let the finger pointing begin!

Honu,

Dusty said she was going to Burger King and buying FRENCH fries to celebrate.
 
Buy Danish,

I know the CNN story plays that up and he probably had to say it to get elected. Let's see where it really falls on his priority list.
 
Hi Buy Danish -- how are you!! Long time, no talk. Mario was French-Canadian, and spoke mostly French (as did his family) but they lived in (sigh) Montreal. I didn't meet him in France, but when I was there, was met by some of his family. Long (and lovely) story for another day.

Hey! Did you choose Tiger today? Hope so. . .congrats on your awesome Derby finish, too!

RW -- oh my! I must go over to JWs - haven't been since Thursday, I think. Was just beginning to catch up at MLs, too.

BD -- I think there's a middle ground with the global warming. Just wish someone would let CT know it's time to get globally warmed :-.) Gonna be 27 here tonight!
 
RW,

Thanks for that link to the French election results.

Here's a new word for us, from that story: Shambolic. As in Her campaign was shambolic.

Sounds like a good word to describe Shrillary.

Honu,

Yep I had Tiger. I also had Vijay for 3rd which was stupendous until the very end.

Re Global Warming, what would that "middle ground" be?

French Canadians have the most god-awful accents. Maybe you were too much in love to notice:)
 
Buy Danish,

Newt does a pretty good job of finding that middle ground.
 
RW:

When you go into the papers to read all the congratulations from all of the world's leaders, it becomes obvious there is a lot expected from Sarkovy.

In his own words "My first priorities are Domestic."

Gosh, I wonder why?

Do you think all of the world leaders would have asked for his consideration and support if he had been the liberal candidate?

I enjoyed the comment at NPR by a 26 yr. old young man from France.

"I think he obviously wants to turn the Iraq page. … Obviously the U.S. has saved us in the second World War. We can’t forget this, you know,” Uanidas said.

How long I have waited to hear that from a french citizen, and he's an impressionable 26 year old.

Sweet music...
 
730 vehicles were torched and 28 police officers were injured in the wake of the election today.

Damn those rigged voting machines.
 
RW,

That's not bad.

There is no doubt that he is right that the liberal solutions just impoverish people and the environment.
 
@@ and Danish, XXXXsandOOOOs to both.

You rock.
 
JNJ,

Better to ROCK then to RAWK, right?
 
Yes ma'am, you show them what time it is.
 
Sorry for the long post. This just in from Stratfor:

Iraq: Transforming Iran's Shiite Proxy, Assisting the United States

Officials from Iraq's largest and most pro-Iranian Shiite party, the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), on May 11 said the group will make significant changes to its platform. These include seeking greater guidance from the country's top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. This is a symbolic shift from SCIRI's current platform, under which the group primarily seeks guidance from the Velayat-e-Faqih, led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Iran.

In essence, the Iranians are prepared to make all these concessions to satisfy the Sunnis, and more important the United States, because the Iranians also relayed at Sharm el-Sheikh that it is in their interest to see a planned U.S. exit from Iraq as opposed to a rush job. Tehran knows that an abrupt U.S. departure from Iraq could spoil its gains there because Iran would be left to clean up the mess afterward.

The Kurds now become a problem due to the oil law due to be finalized towards the end of this month.

The other problem is that the Iranians have demanded that once the Iraqi military takes over that they not be allowed any offensive weapons affording itself defensive capabilities.

Sistani, while a religious cleric has never struck me as a religious fanatic like Ahmadenijad. Not only does this appear to be an attempt at power sharing, but from Iran's viewpoint an investment in a "time-sharing" vacation so to speak.

Considering all of the internal conflict going on in Iran, it's important, in my opinion, to keep the pressure at a boiling point for Ahmadenijad. The international community obviously can't make concessions.

Another thing as it relates to the Kurds. There is a systematic plan ongoing to settle more Arabs in the region.

I'm not saying that Iran can be trusted but it can give us and the International Community leisure time to sit back and watch his game plan.

Sistani and Khomeini DO NOT see eye to eye. Khomeini is actually jealous of Sistani.

This is going to be interesting.
 
Oops! Didn't see you there JayNot.

XXXXsandOOOOs ALWAYS from me to you.

Thanks for the compliment. I'm more likely to stub my toe on "a rock", and you know how mad that can make you.
 


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