Irony Alert: French Are Mad That US Isn’t Supporting Their Military

Don't act like you didn't laugh at this.

Don’t act like you didn’t laugh at this.

Well, this is entertaining. The French are complaining about the lack of support they are receiving from the US for their operations in an Arab country. I seem to remember a certain nation not supporting the US in our military operations. In fact, that nation was particularly vocal about their opposition. Who was that again? Oh, yes. The French.

Not only is the US providing limited support to France for their operations in Mali, we had planned on billing them for it.  The Wall Street Journal has the story:

France is increasingly upset by what it sees as limited Obama administration support for the war it is waging in Mali against al Qaeda militants, including an initial U.S. demand, since dropped, that Paris foot the bill for any Air Force transport flights, French officials said.

After the French went public with their complaints over the weekend, the Pentagon yielded on one of them, saying Sunday night that it would not seek reimbursement from Paris for the flights.

However, the unusually harsh criticism from Paris underscored the longtime U.S. ally’s growing frustration with the U.S. commitment to the Mali mission.

I now wonder when the French will have their version of Freedom Fries.

More on my love/hate relationship with France here.

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