Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Oozing Irony

In 1982, Reagan announced U.S. Marines would soon join French and Italian units in Lebanon as part of a multinational peacekeeping (!) force (!!) to restore stability to that embattled country. A reporter asked him what he specifically hoped to accomplish. The president answered that, first and foremost, he wanted to keep foreign (!!!) influences out of the region. 

Better than 30 years later, the U.S. Secretary of State responds to the Ukrainian crisis by issuing the following statement with all the gravitas that befits his high office: "You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext." Proving once again that the world-weary French had things pegged in the 18th century:

"Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose."


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