The French are magnificent in their way, but you have to know what you are dealing with, and I have always thought that you should be a cat-admirer to appreciate them, as they are feline in their elegance, cunning, and total self-absorption. But as allies, unless your interests are exactly aligned, as in World War I, they are hopeless and usually treacherous.
10 February 2011
Quote for today
Jail-bird Conrad Black in NRO on the subject of The One's pronouncement that France was the USA's closest ally: