From the New York Times:
As world leaders head to the United Nations for a week of meetings that are likely to be dominated by the debate over Iran’s nuclear program, President Jacques Chirac of France said today that those seeking negotiations with Tehran should drop their insistence that it halt uranium enrichment before talks begin.
I'm not one to subscribe to right-wing Francophobia but this is just ridiculous. President Chirac needs to shut up and let countries that matter and that have a vested interest in winning the war on terror do the talking in the U.N.
France has a very disappointing history when it comes to dealing with dictators and rogue regimes. For all the fingers pointed at the U.S. over Darfur, I don't see France building a coalition with Germany and Spain to focus the international community's attention elsewhere either.
The French, politically, are a blithe, antagonistic people. They're too lazy and self-important to fight but yet they have a million opinions about how every other country, especially the U.S., needs to behave itself.
We should not be negotiating with Iran. They have NO reason to test uranium. If your ten year old child came to you asking if they could learn to drive your car on a highway you'd say no, so should the U.S. continue in its course to refuse dialogue with Iran unless they cease uranium enrichment for the purpose of creating nuclear bombs.