DovBear's erudite analysis that "The French Win One [over America]" is still ringing in my head.
"The breakthrough is based on the inclusion in the call for a cessation of hostilities for a progressive Israeli withdrawal from Lebanese territory to go simultaneously with the deployment of the Lebanese army backed by reinforced U.N. peacekeepers."
France, which pushed for the ceasefire (which hasn't helped get our IDF soldiers back) boasted they would send 2500-4000 soldiers to the UN peacekeeper force destined for South Lebanon. And they were expected to lead the force as well...
But words are so much more French than actions...
Olmert spoke by telephone with Prime Minister Romano Prodi of Italy and called on Italy to take a leading role in the international force, according to a statement released by Olmert's office. Italy has offered to send up to 3,000 troops while France, which helped broker the cease-fire, has so far refused to commit more than 200. International Herald Tribune.