OUR OLDEST ENEMY ~ A History of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France

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Book review and technical detail OUR OLDEST ENEMY ~ A History of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France John J. Miller , Mark Molesky

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Title
OUR OLDEST ENEMY ~ A History of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France
author John J. Miller , Mark Molesky
ISBN 111017
Language English
Category Current Affairs
Publisher Doubleday
Pages 304
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

Book Reviews:

Here you anticipation the bad guys were blind out in Pyongyang and Peshawar, back it turns out they’re all in Paris.In this blockheaded addition to all-embracing understanding, National Review backroom anchorman Miller and Harvard academician Molesky acrylic a antagonistic annual of the evil, cheese-eating, consistently surrendering, cryptofascist, bawl French, who acquire been the villains on the apple date adverse les Americains anytime back they approved to do in George Washington in one of the backcountry campaigns of the Seven Years War. Then they approved to blend with Thomas Jefferson, alike admitting he had bought all that nice wine and appliance from them. Then they attempt at Americans who were advancing their accommodation in Operation Torch, and they aloof got in the way at Operation Overlord. Then they questioned the acumen of the American aggression of Iraq, hinting—the swine—that maybe unilateral aggressive activity wasn’t the best access to le probleme de Saddam. By Miller and Molesky’s account, the added contempo effronteries allege to the “French abhorrence to acquire a new role in a autonomous apple adjustment led by the United States,” allegedly because they haven’t heard that addition died and fabricated us Dieu. The sins multiply, never apperception the actual complexities (and, at turns, never apperception the facts, period): back Clemenceau remarked, “God gave us his Ten Commandments, and we bankrupt them. Wilson gave us his Fourteen Points—we shall see,” he wasn’t delivery apathy about animal nature, but rank anti-Americanism. The Khmer Rouge wouldn’t acquire dead all those bodies if Pol Pot hadn’t afraid about Paris smoker cigarettes and account Marxist approach in French translation. Americans would still apprehend books, but apparently not Marxist ones, if it weren’t for those accursed deconstructionists. And so on, to the abnormal cessation that now that Baghdad is ours, the apple is a safer place, alike with all those French-speaking Muslims at ample in the world.Unfounded, partial, and chauvinistic, after an ounce of cultural-relativist accoutrements or Cartesian logic. Which is to say: tres drole if you’re in the appropriate mood, and tres stupide if you’re not.

Liberte? Egalite? Fraternite? Or just plain gall?In this provocative and brilliantly researched history of how the French have dealt with the United States, John J. Miller and Mark Molesky demonstrate that the cherished idea of French friendship has little basis in reality. Despite the myth of the “sister republics,” the French have always been our rivals, and have harmed and obstructed our interests more often than not.This history of French hostility goes back to 1704, when a group of French and Indians massacred American settlers in Deerfield, Massachusetts. The authors also debunk the myth of French aid during the Revolution: contrary to popular notions, the French did not enter the war until very late and were mainly interested in hurting their rivals, the British. After the war, the French continued to see themselves as major players in the Western hemisphere and shaped their policies to limit the growth and power of the new nation. The notorious XYZ affair, involving French efforts to undermine the government of George Washington, led to an undeclared naval war with France in 1798. During the Civil War, the French supported the Confederacy and installed a puppet emperor in Mexico.In the twentieth century, Americans clashed with the French repreatedly. The French victory over President Wilson at Versailles imposed a short-sighted and punitive settlement on Germany that paved the way for the rise of fascism in the 1930s. During World War II, Vichy French troops killed hundreds of American soldiers in North Africa, and diehard French fascist units fought against the Allies in the rubble of Berlin. During the Cold War, Charles DeGaulle yanked France out of NATO and obstructed our efforts to roll back Soviet expansion. The legacy of French imperial power has been no less disastrous. The French left Haiti in a shambles, got us into Vietnam, and educated many of the world’s worst tyrants at their elite universities, including Pol Pot, the genocidal Cambodian dictator. The fascist Baath regimes in Iraq and Syria are another legacy of failed French colonialism. Americans have been particularly irritated by French cultural arrogance—their crusades against American movies, McDonalds, Disney, and the exclusion of American words from their language have always rubbed us the wrong way. This irritation has now blossomed into outrage. Our Oldest Enemy shows why that outrage is justified.

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