New Sisyphus examines France
in today’s post, Wither France? Part II – Marianne Bears an Olive Branch. NS sees a dramatic change in the DeGaullist, “Europe as a counter-weight to the United States” mindset. Brendan Miniter agrees,
The “international community” is now behind the policy of building a stable and peaceful democracy in Iraq. What a turnabout this is from just a few months ago. Expect President Bush to find a warm reception on his coming European tour.
Don’t miss also New Sisyphus’s posts on Eason Jordan. Via Hugh Hewitt, the World Economic Forum refuse to release the tape of Jordan making his statement. Michelle Malkin spoke to witnesses. The NY Sun has the story on the front page,
Within minutes of making the comments, Mr. Frank said, CNN’s Mr. Jordan began to immediately “pull back” on the assertion that 12 journalists had been killed by American forces. He instead focused on the deaths of two reporters killed when a missile fired from an American jet struck the 15th floor of Baghdad’s Palestine hotel, where many reporters and film crews stay when in Baghdad.
Mr. Frank said he tried to get information out of Mr. Jordan so that he could forward it to the appropriate congressional investigative authorities. ” I think Congress has demonstrated with Abu Ghraib that we will aggressively pursue reasonable allegations,” he said. Mr. Frank said he has tried repeatedly over the past few days to get Mr. Jordan to provide evidence of crimes against journalists. He said Mr. Jordan promised to get back to him, “but I haven’t heard anything yet,” Mr. Frank said.
This is not the first time that Mr. Jordan has spoken critically of the American military’s conduct toward journalists. In November, he reportedly told a gathering of global news executives in Portugal called News Xchange that he believed journalists had been arrested and tortured by American forces.
And in October 2002, at a News Xchange conference, he accused the Israeli military of deliberately targeting CNN personnel “on numerous occasions.”
I’m particularly glad that Mr. Frank is following up on the story, too.