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Monday, April 22, 2019

French ambassador warns the swamp

As he prepares to retire as French ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud won media acclaim for appearing to dump on President Donald John Trump.

The Guardian quoted Araud as saying, "It’s like [trying] to analyze the court of Louis XIV. You have an old king, a bit whimsical, unpredictable, uninformed, but he wants to be the one deciding."

The Sun King served for 72 years, 110 days -- the longest reign of any sovereign in European history. Darn that 22th amendment.

But there was that headline. Remember today's journalism is all clickbait. The Guardian headline read, "'Whimsical, uninformed': French ambassador's parting verdict on Trump."

And for extra measure, the subheadline read, "Exclusive: Gérard Araud compares regime to court of Louis XIV and warns UK over post-Brexit trade."

But reporter Julian Borger's story revealed insights from a man who threw some of the best parties in Kalorama. He knows these people in DC.

He said, "Obama was the ultimate bureaucrat: you know every night he was going to bed with 60 pages and in the morning they were coming back all annotated by the president."


Every night President Trump goes to bed with a world-class model.

And while "whimsical, uninformed" garnered the headline, President Trump knows what he is doing.

Arnaud said, "When they say ‘America first’, it’s America alone. Basically, this president and this administration don’t have allies, don’t have friends. It’s really [about] bilateral relationships on the basis of the balance of power and the defence of narrow American interest."

Surely the ambassador made a nod to 19th century British Prime Minister Henry John Temple, who said, "We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow."

President Trump turned globalism on its ear.

Arnaud said, "They [the Trump administration] are not thinking in terms of multilateral cooperation first. And secondly, they don’t have any affection towards the Europeans. They treat Europeans the way they treat the Chinese. And when the British come for a free-trade agreement, there will be blood on the walls and it will be British blood. It will be GMOs breakfast, lunch and dinner."

The British hate genetically modified organism which take DNA from one organism and put it in another.

We used to call it grafting. We also call it agriculture.

Upon Donald Trump's election, the ambassador tweeted (later deleted), "After Brexit, after Trump, a world is collapsing."

He said, "I had a lot of trouble with my own capital. Unfortunately, to be right early is to be wrong. I had deleted it after two minutes but the sin had been committed. But looking at it in retrospect, of course I was right.

"My world, our world of certainties, really was collapsing and we were facing a real, substantial, dangerous crisis, which could basically really overwhelm my own country. I believe we are entering a new era. I just don’t know what this era will be."


What the ambassador does not know -- or at least what was not stated -- was the old world of globalism failed too many people, just as the House of Bourbon failed the French which culminated in the end of the monarchy 74 years after the death of the Sun King.

And just as the Soviet Union failed Russia and its conquered lands, which led to its collapse 27 years ago.

The Atlantic today followed the Guardian's piece on Friday.

It quoted Arnaud as saying, "There is a misconception about Trump which is American and French: saying Trump is an accident, and when Trump leaves power, everything will go back to business as usual. That’s the dream of Washington, D.C."

He ended that interview by saying, "My career had started with the election of [Ronald] Reagan, and my career is finishing with Trump. From Reagan to Trump you have, more or less, the neoliberal era—taxes were bad, borders were bad, and you have to trust the market. It’s also the period of the triumphant West … that the West was in a sense doomed to win. That sooner or later all the world will march triumphantly, to the triumph of the market. And suddenly the election of Trump and the populist wave everywhere in the Western world is for me, and I may be wrong, but for me means that this period is over."

Failure has consequences.

Electing a bureaucrat has consequences.

And electing a billionaire playboy living in a three-story penthouse overlooking downtown Gotham.

I am not saying he is Batman. I am saying the Joker and Penguin ought to leave town.


  1. "It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me."

  2. Don!!
    You waste your ink on a french bureaucrat??
    His home burns as he dispenses "wisdom".

  3. World class model? Absolutely hilarious. In what universe is she a "world class model"? Her nude photos were as hideous as they were tasteless.

    1. You are an full class A arse!

    2. Anonymous would probably prefer sleeping with Pete Buttplug, so his reaction is understandable. You just let your gay flag fly, it's a free country!

      But then, it could also be mere envy, or the usual projection that Democrats do so often!

    3. Most guys would like that kind of hideous.

    4. Oh, nony! You're so beautiful when you're jealous. I'm sure Mr. Booty gig can take good care of you, tho. It's the best you will ever do.

    5. Ole Anonymous probably thought Moochele was hot, so there's that.

    6. Do you have nude photos of Michelle Obama? Oh right, too much class.

      The Trump filth flocks together. Plastic parts on Milania look tacky and tasteless.

    7. Says the guy who got kicked off Pornhub for overuse.

    8. Oh, Anon, you're just a glutton for punishment!

      Nude photos of Mike aka Moochelle? Thank goodness we haven't seen any, but that's because of two things:
      1. Too much ass
      2. The dangly bits "she" isn't supposed to have!

      Oh, I guess there's a third reason too: we'd all be sick to our stomachs!

  4. Trump is a refreshing breath of fresh air.

    His notions were long held notions even of Europeans.

    After WWII, we built the world. We, mostly, secured the world.

    The world does not care and is like a petulant child.

    More, more, more the world demands of the US while bad mouthing us to everyone else and our faces.

    Trump is truly standing athwart history yelling, "Stop!"

    Personally, I say bring every singing d and boob home. Close all of our Western European bases. Maybe open some Eastern ones. Increase our Navy and Air Force. Build more ICBMs with nukes. Put our Army on our borders. Then tell the world the next US death in war, regular or asymmetrical, will result in your nation becoming a nuclear wasteland.

  5. "I am not saying he is Batman. I am saying the Joker and Penguin ought to leave town."


  6. "Obama was the ultimate bureaucrat: you know every night he was going to bed with 60 pages and in the morning they were coming back all annotated by the president"
    What does he think President Trump does? When he takes to Twitter at 2 am it is because he is finished with his work for the night.
    Saddl he is clueless about ObamAA-as well. The annotations were done by ValJar or Soros.

    1. My thoughts exactly - clueless about Sotero. Jarrett did the heavy lifting.

      The ambassador didn’t say what the 60
      Pages were. Lightweight Bathhouse Barry may have gone to bed with 60 pages of comics.

    2. Jarret was obamas's handler.

  7. Ludwig von Mises had the bureaucrat Obama nailed in 1945:

    "But it is quite a different thing under the rising tide of bureaucratization. Government jobs offer no opportunity for the display of personal talents and gifts. Regimentation spells the doom of initiative. The young man has no illusions about his future. He knows what is in store for him. He will get a job with one of the innumerable bureaus, he will be but a cog in a huge machine the working of which is more or less mechanical. The routine of a bureaucratic technique will cripple his mind and tie his hands. He will enjoy security. But this security will be rather of the kind that the convict enjoys within the prison walls. He will never be free to make decisions and to shape his own fate. He will forever be a man taken care of by other people. He will never be a real man relying on his own strength. He shudders at the sight of the huge office buildings in which he will bury himself. "
    --von Mises, Ludwig (1945). Bureaucracy

    But Trump was born of America and wants to return to it.

    "Capitalism is a system under which everybody has the chance of acquiring wealth; it gives everybody unlimited opportunity. Not everybody, of course, is favored by good luck. Very few become millionaires. But everybody knows that strenuous effort and nothing less than strenuous effort pays. All roads are open to the smart youngster. He is optimistic in the awareness of his own strength. He has self-confidence and is full of hope. And as he grows older and realizes that many of his plans have been frustrated, he has no cause for despair. His children will start the race again and he does not see any reason why they should not succeed where he himself failed. Life is worth living because it is full of promise. "

    Obama went to bed with a well crafted sheaf of papers. To which, in the morning, he added his comment. Trump goes to be every night with a super model and an idea of America. To which in the morning he adds more of his energy.

  8. Sounds like that Parisian poodle needs a lesson in swamp critter wrangling from the folks down in the bayous.

  9. "After WWII, we built the world" and saved their butts from the Soviet Union until it collapsed. We should have pulled out and told that snooty DeGaulle to stick it.

  10. Sounds like a case of psychological projection. As if there's any connection between the top-down monarchies of France and the bottom-up tradition of the United States. For one thing, we all live better than King Louis, demonstrably so.

  11. Obama was too busy watching Sports Center and reading about his own administration’s misdeeds in the paper to annotate 60 pages at night.

  12. Yeah, I can see his annotations: "Russia remains a threat to the stabilization of the Baltic region and European...."
    * This analyst must be a relic from the 80's, have transferred to Iran desk where he can't do any harm.

    And of course Frenchy is pissed; the rest of the world so loves an America that foots the bill for everything, takes it on the chin in trade deals, and is the eternal backstop - and to be pushed to the forefront when possible - for all things military. You know they're dying to get the America back: it's not about globalization, that would imply we're all in this together, it's about getting the USA to do all of the heavy-lifting. Period.

  13. I can't tell you how many times I have had (non-elite) Europeans come up to me, look around to see if anyone was listening, and tell me soto voce "we like Trump".

  14. The super-cushy life of the overpaid OECD elite of the world, that life is ending for many. They failed to believe in the basic goodness of the American Dream.

    Trump is re-igniting the Dream for many workers. Jobs, usually good jobs, for all -- not a "free" lunch that ends, as in Venezuela, when Other People's Money runs out.

    Most non-elite of the world appreciate that.