Charles Maurice de Talleyrand And Leon Panetta.
French Dictator Napoleon Bonaparte once said of Charles Maurice de Talleyrand that like garbage, Talleyrand floated to the top of the harbor. He also hired Talleyrand to be the Grand Chamberlain of The French Empire. The two had quite the falling out after which Napoleon referred to him as um, fertilizer in a silk stocking. Talleyrand then went on to negotiate on France’s behalf after | Read More »
When Silence Could Have Been America’s Friend
It was 2003, and French President Jacques Chirac expressed anger and hostility towards several countries who disagreed with his position regarding the impending US action against Iraq. He offered up the following commentary. “They missed a great opportunity to shut up.” – Jacques Chirac (HT:CNN) While Chirac was acting in character (ie contemptibly obnoxious), his turn of phrase does well to describe many of the | Read More »