Just the French

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"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion -- you just leave a lot of useless, noisy baggage behind."

 Jed Babbin, former Deputy Undersecretary
of Defense

France's Unpaid Debt
NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2003

A weekly commentary by CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney.

You can't beat the French when it comes to food, fashion, wine or perfume, but they lost their license to have an opinion on world affairs years ago. They may even be selling stuff to Iraq and don't want to hurt business.

The French are simply not reliable partners in a world where the good people in it ought to be working together. Americans may come off as international jerks sometimes but we're usually trying to do the right thing.

The French lost WW II to the Germans in about 20 minutes. Along with the British, we got into the war and had about 150,000 guys killed getting their country back for them. We fought all across France, and the Germans finally surrendered in a French schoolhouse. (Full Article)

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