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March 10, 2004

Googling History
Every Google search yields at least one oddball hit that's seemingly unrelated to the keywords. Such was the case this morning when I Googled Dave "I'm rich, bitch!" Chapelle. Since the mayor of a French city shares the same surname, Google hit this CNN report from June 27, 1996:

PEROUGES, France (CNN) -- With the bombing in Saudi Arabia on his mind, President Clinton said Thursday he expected G-7 participants to approve "40 very specific" U.S.-proposed measures to track, capture and punish terrorists.

The leaders from the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, Italy, Canada and France -- the group of seven -- were to open an economic summit later in the day in Lyon, France.

Addressing a crowd in the rural village of Perouges, northeast of Lyon, Clinton repeated his pledge that the United States "will not rest in our efforts to discover who is responsible (for Tuesday's bombing that killed 19 servicemen), to track them down and bring them to justice ..."

"... Fifty-two years ago, the French resistance worked here in common cause with American GIs to win your freedom back. Now, we must join together to face down a new threat to our freedom," Clinton said.

Perogues Mayor Guy Passarat de la Chapelle welcomed the president and Hillary Rodham Clinton and introduced them to an audience that included World War II veterans. The mayor presented Clinton with an honorary medal and called for a moment of silence for the victims of the Saudi bombing ...

... Surrounded by American flags, the president declared, "We must rally the forces of tolerance and freedom everywhere to work against terrorism."

Rallying the forces of tolerance? Asking allies to approve a checklist of 40 proposed measures to fight terrorism? Throughout the Clinton Administration foreign policy was set by a gaggle of glorified social workers who addressed acts of war against the United States much like Maury Povich mediating a paternity dispute.

And so the forces of tolerance and Clinton's 40-point checklist were unleased in 1996--and nearly 3,000 people were murdered five years later on September 11, 2001.

This is what happens when U.S. foreign policy is conducted by a kiss-ass rather than a leader. Does anyone seriously believe a Kerry Administration would be any different?

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