September 20, 2005

Zut -- Frickin' -- Alors

WELL, THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT just lost any and all general-principle grounds it may have had to argue against American policy. Why, you ask? Well, as this article in the Israeli daily Haaretz shows, the French foreign minister is as dumb as a bag of rocks, and as such has no standing to ever criticize anyone else ever again.

Go read it. You'll agree.

It's appalling to think the French Government managed to find a less capable foreign minister than now-Prime Minister Villepin, but they somehow did. I mean, come on.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at September 20, 2005 11:29 PM | TrackBack
Comments

wow....he's almost as dumb as OUR leader.

Posted by: simon from jersey at September 21, 2005 10:28 AM

Yeah...Bush is dumb...mkay. As far as I can tell anyone who thinks Bush is an idiot is projecting lack of intelligence.

Idiots are not known to be able to fly the seat stuck on an engine Lightning nor have a post-grad degree from Yale.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at September 22, 2005 08:35 AM

Touche.

"I don't know why you're talking about Sweden. They're the neutral one. They don't have an army." —during a Dec. 2002 Oval Office meeting with Rep. Tom Lantos

Sounds like a real intellectual, huh?

Posted by: simon from jersey at September 23, 2005 11:42 PM

If you do follow the link to the Haaretz article, please be sure to check out the readers' responses. The Haaretz readers pointed out something the newspapers' writers and editors did not bother to fact-check: the Germans did occupy parts of Britain -- the Channel Islands -- during World War II and Jews were deported from the islands to concentration camps. In this instance, the French Foreign Minister is indeed correct to question the accuracy of the Holocaust memorial's map.

Posted by: Grace Nearing at September 26, 2005 05:16 PM

Of course, Al Gore saying in his book that the greatest evil of the millenium was the internal combustion engine shows great intellectual talent?

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at September 27, 2005 10:19 AM

Andrew,

Yes, Al Gore does lob some over the plate. But your paraphrase, to be fair, is taken out of context, and IS part of a larger intellectual discussion about how we've hurt the environment, regardless of whether or not YOU happen to agree. Just because you don't agree with someone does not make them unintellectual. In turn, it's an opinion as part of a larger discussion, not ignorance toward basic facts, such as my quote and the one from the French foreign minister. I don't see why you seem set on making this political, there are plenty of intelligent conservatives out there who wouldn't be so prone to idiotic statements showing their lack of understanding or (in Bush's case) a proud happy-to-be-unaware stance towards the world. That to me is the essence of being unintellectual. Furthermore, I can think of unintellectual liberals, and very intellectual ones, such as Jimmy Carter (US Naval Academy and nuclear physicist) and Bill Clinton (Rhodes Scholar)...this of course has little to do with whether or not one sees them as a "good president." Bush, however, has repeatedly demonstrated that he isn't a thinker for thinker's sake. He's proud of it. He's a manager of a very large corporation, which has often proven to be a succesful way to run one's presidency. Often, the thinkers fail. It's a separate issue. Again, I still don't think you get that my point originally was only to, with humor in mind, point out that OUR president has a long history of making statements similar (if not more idiotic) to the one mentioned in the article Mr. Kepple was referencing regarding the French foreign minister.

Posted by: simon from jersey at September 27, 2005 12:37 PM