A possible answer to the

A possible answer to the question, "Why are the French so damn stupid?"

France pleads for military intervention as Gaddafi forces attack Libyan rebels
...Juppe’s clarion call was the latest entry in an unusual and unclear diplomatic initiative by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government. Even as Gaddafi’s military closed in on rebel forces retreating to their last major redoubt in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, the French campaign continued at the United Nations with a proposed council resolution for military action by outside powers...    
...But in all the forums, it was met with tepid U.S. and Russian responses and opposition from Germany, in effect sinking the idea. Unsaid but clear in the mind of specialists was that almost any kind of military intervention would be possible only with extensive cooperation from the United States, the only power able to field sufficient aircraft carriers, intelligence, command and control equipment and warplanes on short notice.

The aggressive French campaign, critics here [in Paris] said, in part reflected Sarkozy’s embarrassment over his government’s slow response to the earlier revolts in Tunisia and Egypt. The dictators in both nations — Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis and Hosni Mubarak in Cairo — were close allies; Paris endorsed their overthrow by popular uprisings only when it became clear they could no long hold out.

In Libya’s case, however, France has been in the lead in demanding that Gaddafi step down. It became the first country to recognize the rebel leadership as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people and remains the only one to have done so.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/france-pleads-for-military-intervention-as-gaddafi-forces-attack-libyan-rebels/2011/03/16/ABSX3we_story.html

The French are notorious for perfecting the tactics to win the previous conflict, instead of thinking forward.  Here again they fall into the same old routine.  The premature French recognition may have unconsciously convinced many Benghazi rebels that help was on the way, and that may have reduced their sense of urgency about their own vital need to prepare for Gadaffi's counterattack.

So the French need American help to salvage their diplomatic and geo-political prestige?  Hahahahahaha.  Yeah, right, Pierre.  Go f**k yourselves.  Admire the hypocrisy in this quote:

“This is urgent,” [French Foreign Minister] Juppe declared on his blog, adding: “We have often seen in our contemporary history that the weakness of democracies leaves the field open to dictatorships. It is not too late to defy this rule.”

If you had had that attitude over Iraq, then you might find yourself with a friend in America these days.  The French have bungled again, but the Americans got it right (in my opinion, again).

I started this thread because I was concerned that America would ignore Egypt and Tunisia and focus on a hopeless situation (in terms of American involvement) in Libya.  To my pleasant surprise, America has maintained a distance on Libya but has been engaging Egypt.  Clinton was in Cairo a couple of days ago:

The Associated Press adds that "surrounded by a heavy contingent of U.S. and Egyptian security guards, Clinton smiled, waved and shook hands with the Egyptian citizens who thronged her during her unscheduled 15-minute stroll through the [Tahrir] square."

"Clinton's two-day visit to Egypt," the AP notes, "is aimed at encouraging the Egyptian people and their transitional leaders to hold true to the ideals of democratic reforms that propelled the revolution."

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/16/134588663/secretary-clinton-visiting-cairos-tahrir-square-is-exciting-and-very-moving

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