A Side of Freedom Fries

It’s ironic (or perhaps I should say C’est drole!) that the one international leader giving strong support to the idea of an American-led military strike on Syria today is the President of France:

President Francois Hollande of France on Friday offered strong support for international military action against the Syrian government, backing the Obama administration just a day after the British Parliament rejected Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for intervention.

A chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Aug. 21 attributed by Western powers to Syrian government forces “must not go unpunished,” Mr. Hollande said in an interview with Le Monde, the French daily newspaper. “Otherwise, it would be taking the risk of an escalation that would normalize the use of these weapons and threaten other countries.”

A military strike against government targets would have a “dissuasion value” and push the government of President Bashar al-Assad toward a negotiated “political solution” to the conflict, said Mr. Hollande, referring to France’s explicitly stated goal.

Wonder if we will hear John McCain, a maximum supporter of military action against Syria, now applying to the British the contempt he expressed for the French back in 2003 (h/t Jon Perr at Crooks & Liars):

They remind me of an aging movie actress in the 1940s who is still trying to dine out on her looks but doesn’t have the face for it.

Brave France and Perfidious Albion: who’d a thunk it?

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.