It is to laugh

France will withdraw its 3,000 troops from Afghanistan, thus strengthening remaining NATO forces. In looking up the French Army (don’t Google “French Military” or all you get are French military jokes and the shortest list in the world, “French military victories” ) and discovered that total forces are just 120,000. That contrasts with 8,300,000 during World war I. Of course, 1,400,000 of those soldiers were killed in that war (!) by their butchers of generals, so it’s understandable that the thrill of soldiering has long since passed.

Funny, though, that the Occupy folks are out in Chicago protesting a meeting of NATO countries. There’s not a NATO member country left, except for the US, with a military of any significant strength, so why worry about NATO?


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9 Responses to It is to laugh

  1. Anonymous

    That “Coalition of the Willing” bullshit was just a phrase made up by W’s administration that the Obama administration inherited and has had to put up with. Obama should have immediately abjured it upon taking office, but he didn’t so now he’s stuck with it.

  2. Anonymous

    PJ O’Rourke on the French:

    “French ideas, French beliefs, and French actions form a sort of lodestone for humanity. A moral compass needle needs a butt end. Wherever direction France is pointing—toward collaboration with Nazis, accommodation with communists, existentialism, Jerry Lewis, or a UN resolution veto—we can go the other way with a quiet conscience.”

  3. CatoRenasci

    The French they are a funny race
    Flight with their feet to save their face.

  4. AJ

    Here’s something even more laughable: consensus — it’s a wonderful thing, but do you have to start indoctrinating them in Kindergarten? Why, yes we can:

    Kindergartners in Georgia to have say over their teachers’ future
    A new pilot program in Georgia is giving kindergartners a say in whether or not their teachers will get pay raises or get fired. Should their opinions count?

    It may seem like a joke, but kindergartners in Georgia will soon be filling out teacher evaluations and their feedback will likely play a role in determining whether that teacher keeps his or her job or receives a pay raise.

    Like myself, you may be wondering how it’s even possible for kindergartners to fill out assessments since they can’t read or write. Don’t fret. The company who created student surveys has that obstacle covered….

    This isn’t education; it’s just plain, as stupid does, stupid!

  5. Anonymous

    Bonaparte nearly conquered the continent and undoubtably ushered in much needed reform to a then backwards Europe

  6. Cobra

    Seen online: FOR SALE: French Berthier infantry rifle in 8mm Lebel calibre. Never fired…dropped once.

  7. Cos cobber

    Anonymous hasn’t gotten to Waterloo and exile on Elba in AP European history.

  8. Rude Poster

    Anonymous definitely did not take AP anything. He is still trying to memorize the 57 states.