Let's play a guessing game. Guess which country recently sent a secret military mission to Brazil and Colombia, without telling either country it was about to — well — launch a small invasion?
This country also didn't ask the U.N. Security Council (search) for permission to conduct a military operation in Brazil and Colombia. It just went ahead on its own, in defiance of international law.
This country also botched the whole operation so badly that the newspapers at home called it "The Bungle in the Jungle."
Was it the burger-chomping, Iraqi-stomping warmongers known as the United States of America?
No. It was those cheese-eating, surrender monkeys, the French — the very same people who have trashed America for going on a year now, saying our war in Iraq was illegal and illegitimate because we didn't have U.N. approval.
So at precisely the same moment French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin (search) is in Russia and India and elsewhere arguing that no country should help the U.S. in Iraq until the U.S. comes to the U.N. and essentially gives up control of Iraq, de Villepin is personally ordering a secret and illegal military incursion in Brazil and Colombia.
Why? De Villepin was trying to rescue a woman held captive for a year-and-a-half by Marxist guerrillas in Colombia, and some people are suspicious that the French military transport — which landed in Brazil armed to the teeth with secret agents on board — might have been carrying arms to trade for the release of the captive.
Why did de Villepin turn himself into a hypocrite by criticizing the Americans for unilateral action, but doing it himself?
The captive woman in Colombia is a college classmate.
The French are hypocrites and knee-jerk America-bashers. This is just another international incident that proves it.
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