France said Monday that it would take part in a proposed international conference on Iraq only if the agenda included a possible U.S. troop withdrawal, thus complicating the planning for a meeting that has drawn mixed reactions.
Paris also wants representatives of Iraq's insurgent groups to be invited to a conference in October or November, a call that would seem difficult for the Bush administration to accept. iht.com
Can it get any clearer than that? Can there be any better evidence that the French are not dealing with a full deck of cards when it comes to the war on terror or it's relationship with the United States?