sábado, maio 12, 2007

"Can an American lead the French?"

By Patrick Belton

«A malaise-ridden France just elected the most pro-American president in its history. But Nicolas Sarkozy’s victory doesn’t mean the French are eager to see their socialist perks disappear in a flurry of Anglo-Saxon reforms. France’s new leader will need to be cunning, bold, and downright ruthless if he is to overcome the French resistance—and return his country to glory.

Nicolas Sarkozy may be his country’s most unabashedly pro-U.S. leader since Lafayette. France’s assertive new president has promised drastic economic reforms à la Anglo-Américain, and believes he has a mandate for change. He vowed a modernizing “rupture” with French politics during the campaign and said French politicians should emulate Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. He speaks often of his admiration for the United States, and his rhetoric of hard work and appeals to the “France that gets up early” is pure Ronald Reagan. Accordingly, his proposals include lower corporate taxes, smaller public sector pensions, and a relaxation of the sacred 35-hour workweek. (...)»

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Fonte: Foreign Policy

quinta-feira, maio 10, 2007


Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith May Be Gone, But Neo-cons Still Running U.S. Policy

By Michael Collins Piper
SEN. CHUCK HAGEL (R-Neb.) has charged that hard-line pro-Israel neo-conservatives are still directing the Bush administration’s U.S. Middle East policy, and this to the detriment of America’s interests. This is a pointed contradiction of continuing claims by many in the Israel-friendly American media monopoly who attempt to promote the myth that the neo-conservatives are no longer of any influence inside the Bush administration. (...)

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Fonte: American Free Press

quarta-feira, maio 02, 2007