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January 23, 2003
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France and Germany are the new "Axis of Weasels"

France has recently declared that it will oppose any military action to stop Iraq from getting nuclear weapons and to prevent the butcher from Baghdad from killing millions. ScrappleFace has the latest remarks from US Secretary of Defense, Donal Rumsfeld, on this French faux-pas:

Rumsfeld Sorry for 'Axis of Weasels' Remark (2003-01-22) -- U.S. Secretary Defense Donald Rumsfeld apologized today for referring to France and Germany as an "Axis of Weasels."

"I'm sorry about that Axis of Weasels remark," said Mr. Rumsfeld. "I didn't mean to dredge up the history France and Germany share of pathetic compliance with ruthless dictators."

The Defense Secretary said he was "way out of bounds" with the comments.

"I should have known better than to remind people that these two nations--which live in freedom thanks only to the righteous might of America, Britain and their allies--that these nations are morally and politically bankrupt, and have failed to learn the lessons of history," he said. "It really was an inappropriate thing to say--you know, the Axis of Weasels thing. I really should not have called them the Axis of Weasels. I think it's the 'Weasels' part that was most offensive...you know, when I said that France and Germany form an Axis of Weasels. Of course, I'm so sorry."

Please note that the above article is sarcastic - US Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld has never accused France or Germany to form the "Axis of Weasels". Too bad. :-)

Posted by David Melle at January 23, 2003 09:02 PM

I would rather say, Rummy has never APOLOGISED for calling them the Axis of Weasels.

Posted by: parallel on January 23, 2003 09:35 PM

France and Germany have fundamentally a good thing going here - the desire for peace. But the way how they present it politically is disgraceful, especially in the case of Germany, where Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder shamlessly exploited these feelings to win an election (September 2002). It's sad, but I agree that they indeed behave like weasels.

Posted by: Michael on January 24, 2003 05:42 AM

I'd say the USA and Iraq form the axis of evil. Both have non-elected chairmen. Of course, it's only sarcasm...

Posted by: Christian on March 16, 2003 10:29 AM

I don't think it is sarcasm.

Posted by: Weasel on April 17, 2003 06:44 AM

Heh heh!

Theres only one problem, an axis has to have three members. Slide Russia in there and you have yourself an axis.

Posted by: James Miller on April 25, 2003 02:07 PM

Niccceee pagee

Posted by: Meban on February 20, 2004 04:50 AM
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