Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Verrrry Interesting...France ready to rebuild Iraq, ambassador tells Alabamians

News staff writer
MONTGOMERY - France stands ready to help rebuild Iraq after national elections in January despite sharp differences with the United States in the past over whether the war was necessary, the French ambassador said here Thursday.

"We had a big difference over the necessity of the war in Iraq, but that's past, and now together we have to make Iraq a success story," said Jean-David Levitte, France's ambassador to the United States.

"If the elections take place at the end of January as we hope, and we support the process, then it will create a new situation which will help other countries like France to join more and more."

Levitte was in Montgomery to address several hundred officers at Maxwell Air Force Base and for a speech to the Alabama World Affairs Council meeting at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. [...]

"My message was very simple," Levitte said in an interview after his speech, which was not open to the public. "For more than 200 years, we have been allies and friends, and today on most issues we do agree, and we are working hand-in-hand. That's what we're doing in the war against terror, and that's so important."

"What we know now is that the Bush administration is extending a hand of friendship and cooperation to European partners," said Levitte. "And this is greeted with great appreciation by European leaders, and especially by President (Jacques) Chirac. We are exactly in the same mood in Paris. Let's work together."

So much for President Bush irreparably damaging our relationship with France. I hope they actually mean this, and it's not just some more of the more usual diplomatic doublespeak. But it is nice to hear; nonetheless, although it would be a bit more helpful for the effort were such unequivocal remarks were reported in the New York Times. Then again, since it was said at Maxwell AFB, probably the only mention of it will be only if they can somehow work in a dig about Bush's Air Guard duty.

Anyway, in the words of a very great American, "Trust; but verify."

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