Thursday, November 5, 2009
It looks like the incoherence in the majority starts at the top.
So why doesn't Yade, who tops the popularity polls, take Nadine Morano's hint and strike out on her own with a parting shot at a government from which she has probably gotten as much mileage as she's going to get? And why doesn't Fadela Amara do the same thing? Amara is accomplishing nothing by staying inside a government that has no intention of making the plight of the banlieues a major priority--especially not over the next several months, with elections looming. Amara owes this government nothing, so she should take the opportunity to escape while her credibility remains intact and try to raise the profile of suburban issues on the way out the door. Surely having a chauffeured limousine can't mean that much.
Many colleges now require criminal background checks of all new employees. But the University of Akron -- in what some experts believe is a first -- is not only requiring a criminal background check, but is stating that new employees must be willing to submit a DNA sample.
Vive la France!
“We have to be together and improve the command structure,” he said. Asked if the NATO alliance was not working very well in Afghanistan, he said: “It’s not working at all.”“What is the goal? What is the road? And in the name of what?” Mr. Kouchner asked. He said he appreciated President Obama’s deliberations on a new Afghan strategy, but asked: “Where are the Americans? It begins to be a problem.” He added: “We need to talk to one another as allies.”
And then there was this:
He said that the NATO alliance had to get behind President Hamid Karzai despite his well documented problems with corruption and questionable political allies. “Karzai is corrupt, O.K.,” Mr. Kouchner said, but corruption is endemic in Afghanistan and “he is our guy,” despite being weakened by the recent election marked by fraud. “We have to legitimize him” if NATO has any chance to consolidate Afghanistan and then leave it, Mr. Kouchner said.Western political experts who know nothing about Afghanistan detected fraud by sampling ballots, Mr. Kouchner said. “This is science. But politics is not science. It’s the common touch.”
What exactly was Kouchner trying to achieve with this discussion? It's baffling. If he's trying to hasten Obama along toward a firm decision and leadership of NATO, why announce publicly what everyone knows anyway, that the Karzai regime is corrupt? This can hardly help. And if he regrets the lack of discussion among European allies, then he should initiate a discussion with allies, not with journalists, and bring something to the table besides whining and états d'âme.
Instead of replacing Rama Yade, Sarkozy ought to replace Kouchner.