Sarkozy Backs Up Cheney's Iran War Provocation
PARIS, June 6 (LPAC)--French air force planes will be taking over intelligence functions in the Persian Gulf and Straits of Hormuz to free U.S. planes for other missions, according to reports by Le Canard Enchaine and the BBC news.
The move by the newly elected government of Nicolas Sarkozy increases the threat of a military, the policy being promoted by Vice President Dick Cheney and associated neocons.
The French satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine notes that the deployment will allow U.S. aircraft to leave surveillance missions in the area and dedicate efforts to Iraq. In their view, Britain is becoming an unstable ally for Bush, who thinks incoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown will shift away from Blair's Iraq policy. Although France will not send troops, "Bush knows that the trio of Sarkozy, [Foreign Minister] Kouchner, and [former U.S. Ambassador] Levitte will behave as an excellent ally," the weekly reports.