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Is Chirac A Major Disappointment To Supporters?  
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

We all know that Chirac's name is mud to American conservatives. American liberals are more circumspect, tending to see in the man's classic Gaullist policy of screwing around with America, coincidentally or not, advocacy of a more "responsible", U.N.-oriented style of foreign policy. As for me, I think Chirac was wrong on Iraq, but on the other hand, as of 2006, I'm starting to think we're spending too much money on it. Too much free money. We ought to have arranged for long-term loans to Iraq in lieu of largesse. And the war itself is draining our coffers.

But from the standpoint of his own supporters, isn't Chirac a disappointment of sorts? He's lost the fight over the EU constitution; he's had skirmishes with Blair and others that leave the EU looking all the worse for wear; he's had internal strife on his watch; and France's economy is not exactly the engine that moves the world.

Is de Villepin raring to show up his erstwhile mentor, eager to show that he can out-Chirac Chirac? Or is Chirac such damaged goods that no one wants to be associated with him anymore?

Your thoughts would be appreciated. Vive la difference!

[Edited 2006-01-06 07:22:20]

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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7359 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1127 times:
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Are bribes/kickbacks tax deductible in France? Pretty sure I read that in a Political Science book last semester.  Smile

User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1124 times:

Quoting FXramper (Reply 1):
Are bribes/kickbacks tax deductible in France? Pretty sure I read that in a Political Science book last semester

It's a question that relates to whether Chirac's Iraq policy was based on something other than his proffered justifications.


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7359 posts, RR: 85
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1101 times:
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Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 2):

It's a question that relates to whether Chirac's Iraq policy was based on something other than his proffered justifications.

Isn't OBL hiding in Paris?  Smile


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1087 times:

Quoting FXramper (Reply 3):
Isn't OBL hiding in Paris?

If so, the CIA is pretty incompetent, since it apparently believes he's still hiding thousands of miles to the east.


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1083 times:

"Is Chirac A Major Disappointment To Supporters?"


He has supporters left?

I'd say that he is a major disappointment to his original supporters in more than one way.



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