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The french betrayal of america by kenneth r timmer experience and information trumps ideology

  1. 1. The French Betrayal of America by Kenneth R. Timmerman Fascinating And Very Well Documented.In this stunning New York Times bestseller, investigative journalistKenneth R. Timmerman—who lived and worked in France for nearly twodecades—exposes the depth of France’s treachery. Reading this shockinginsider account, Americans will see their anger at France turn to sheeroutrage.In a brand-new chapter, Timmerman shows how French perfidy continuesunabated. The newly updated French Betrayal of America:• Blows the lid off France’s extensive involvement in the UN Oil-for-Foodscandal
  2. 2. • Reveals damaging new evidence of how the French provided arms andassistance to Saddam’s Iraq right up until the U.S.-led invasion in March2003• Shows how France continues to do everything in its power to makeAmerica fail in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East• Exposes France’s hypocrisy: its leaders oppose American “unilateralism”in Iraq even while they pursue their own course to protect a lucrativeneocolonial preserve in AfricaRead The French Betrayal of America to find out the unvarnished truthabout the supposed ally that the United States should now treat as anenemy.Personal Review: The French Betrayal of America by KennethR. TimmermanNoticing the French anti-Americanism captured in After the Empire: TheBreakdown of the American Order (European Perspectives: A Series inSocial Thought and Cultural Criticism) I wanted to better understand theFrance U.S. relationship. This book is excellent and is written by an authorwith strong credentials. He has lived in France for decades, and hasdeveloped many contacts within government and defense contractors. Hewas a correspondent covering the arms trade for Military Technology andDefense Electronics. He published the Middle East Defense News. Thenotes include thirty pages of supporting sources.Timmerman conveys that France arms exports supersede its foreign policywith disastrous implications for Middle East stability, and U.S. and Francesinterests.France acquired much of its military technology by spying on U.S. defensecontractors. In the late eighties, the French press divulg ed that a Frenchintelligence agency placed numerous moles within French offices of U.S.companies. In 1994, the CIA mentioned to the Senate 72 cases within 17months of industrial spying that would cost U.S. companies $30 billion.The CIA obtained a French document that targeted spying on 49 U.S. hightech companies, 24 financial institutions, and 6 U.S. government agencies.
  3. 3. France is a major arms dealer infringing on arms treaties including anti -nuclear arms proliferation ones. Its major defense contractor, Aerospatialearns more from arms exports to nefarious governments than from theFrench Defense Ministry. While the U.S. treated France as a privilegedally by transferring proprietary nuclear technology back in the seventies,France transferred this nuclear technology to Saddam Hussein. In 1981,the French developed a nuclear reactor in Baghdad that would have givenSaddam a nuclear bomb within two years. But, an Israeli raid destroyedthis nuclear reactor just in time. Nowadays, the U.S. still transfers nucleartechnology to France knowing full well that France may transfer it to U.S.opponents.France has reaped lucrative arms exports with Iraq since 1975. TheFrench government believed providing Iraq a nuclear bomb would render itindependent from U.S. hegemony. France developed a similarly lucrativerelationship with Qaddafi in Libya. In 1983 the French helped Syriaestablish a chemical weapon and ballistic infrastructure after Syria hadkilled a French ambassador in Lebanon. Thus, French foreign policy isemasculated by its arms trade.Because of its arms exporting interests, France has always been againstWestern military intervention in the Middle East. It was against the firstGulf War when Iraq invaded Kuwait. And, it obviously was against thesecond one. It is disingenuous to be against an Iraq War solely forboosting its exporting of nuclear and chemical WMD to Iraq. With suchchemical W MD Saddam Hussein decimated hundreds of thousandsIranians and Kurds. This blood is on French hands. After 1991, Francecircumvented trade sanctions with Iraq by exporting arms from frontcompanies in Jordan and South Africa. Chirac caused the UN tostreamline its review process to ratify exports to Iraq from 12 months downto 10 days. If UN did not meet the deadline, the export application wasautomatically approved. This facilitated France massive arms exports toIraq until early 2003 at the onset of the Iraq War. At the time, the largestFrench energy company had a huge $100 billion oil development contractwith Iraq. This was another incentive for Chirac to be against the Iraq War.Arming unstable Middle Eastern dictatorships is not enough to satisfy thecommercial interests of French defense contractors. They passed on tothe former U.S.S.R much of the technology the French acquired throughspying on the U.S. In the late eighties, when U.S. officials c omplained tothe French government about this illegal arms trade (per CoComagreement), the French stated the U.S. were infringing on Francesovereignty.The author contrasts Mitterand (President) vs Chirac (President) andVillepin (Foreign Minister). Even though Mitterand was a socialist, he sawthe benefit of maintaining an alliance with the U.S. and he had a goodrelation with Reagan. Meanwhile, Chirac and Villepin were vociferouslyanti-American their entire career. Under Chirac, France behaves more as
  4. 4. the leader of the Arab World than a Western democracy. France loves theUN not out of love for multilateralism but because it gives them veto powerto counter U.S. interests.As the author states: "Villepin was not content to disagree with the U. S., ...,he actively sought to rally world leaders to treat the U.S.-not SaddamHussein-as the enemy." This stand was to protect the French defenseindustrys arm sales to Iraq. Villepin is nostalgic about French imperialistpower at the time of Napoleon. He wants a return to centralized powerassociated with unrestrained government subsidies. He is delusionalabout his standing in history. After the war, he stated that he and the Popealone had saved the West from a clash of civilization with Islam.The author covers how Hans Blix, heading the UN arm inspection team inIraq turned out to be incapable in the nineties. While his own teamcompiled an inventory of 603 dual-use machine tools including equipmentfor their nuclear weapons program, Blix is pressing to stop the armsinspections. The French government promoted Blix position because if theUN inspection team had publicly disclosed finding WMD in Iraq, it wouldhave implicated France.The author covers the weakness of the French Judicial Branch. Thejustice minister can ignore a case for "reasons of state." Every year, 122prosecutors set aside 753,000 criminal cases where the authors are wellknown. These decisions are never justified. Plaintiffs are rarely informed.Also, Article 68 of the French Constitution gives immunity to the Presidenton most counts. Unlike in the U.S., a French President is legitimatelyabove the law.With Nicolas Sarkozy, U.S.-France relations may improve as he isunabashedly pro-American as he states in Testimony: France in theTwenty-first Century. Either U.S. and France will become closer allies asHuntingtons model suggests in his brilliant The Clash of Civilizations andthe Remaking of World Order or the two countries will further drift apartsplit by diverging interests as articulated by Kagans great Of Paradise andPower: America and Europe in the New World Order. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: The French Betrayal of America by Kenneth R. Timmerman 5 Star Custo mer Reviews and Lowest Price!