BigTennisFan - You obviously missed the parallel thread to this one. Without France, there wouldn't BE a United States. Without the United States, there might not be a France. What all this French bashing mostly shows is an ignorance of history. The French dragged us (not exactly kicking and screaming) into Vietnam. Big mistake. Now they're suggesting that a more circumspect approach, should we not remember that 50,000 American, and four MILLION Vietnamese lives were lost by choosing war when peace was still possible.
Principled dissent when you think a friend is on the wrong track is a responsibility. If my friend is drunk, should I not try to get her car keys? If she won't give them up, should I get in the car with her?
And I'm picking Elena Bovina to move up two spots.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.