more on france
With regard to all the anti-France ire going on of late, Late Night Thoughts points out that the French simply have the perfidy--the scoundrels!--to be acting in their perceived self-interest:
[I]t is not in the best interest of France (or Russia, or Germany for that matter) to become either a permanent client-state of the United States or to lose billions of dollars in possible revenue, or to get its own muslim population in an uproar. Therefore, it is monsieur Chirac's duty to oppose American plans. By this time, it's probably also Monsieur Chirac's great pleasure.