The agreement came after France quietly dropped its refusal to take part under a NATO umbrella on Tuesday. It pledged $660,000 to an alliance fund for military and police training in Iraq and has assigned one French midlevel officer to the training mission at the organization's headquarters near Brussels, French and American officials said.I understand the symbolism of it but $660k and one flunky soldier? Ridiculous.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Thank you, France
I guess it's symbolic. I suppose it's a beginning. President Bush's objective was to have all 26 countries of NATO onboard, and he accomplished his goal. But why is Chirac intent on embarrassing his country at every turn? C'mon, regardless of France's position on the war, isn't now the time to help the Iraqi people protect their foundling government?