Thursday, June 30, 2011

Le Bizzaro World

Back when George W. Bush was president, it was wrong to overthrow a homicidal dictator without the cooperation of France.

Today, France can unilaterally attempt regime change in defiance of what the world community has authorized and we're fine tagging along on that mission:

A French military spokesman confirmed on Thursday a report in Le Figaro that rocket launchers and assault rifles were among arms parachuted in, prompting an angry reaction from Russia, one of many countries who have kept doors open to Gaddafi.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said supplying arms was a "crude violation" of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1970, which imposed a comprehensive arms embargo in February.

Like I said, France defends their action in Libya and we're fine with this:

Washington agreed. "We believe that U.N. Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973, read together, neither specified nor precluded providing defense materiel to the Libyan opposition," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

"We would respectfully disagree with the Russian assessment," he added.

I'm so confused. This is beyond my capacity to absorb nuance.