On Thursday four French soldiers were killed and sixteen were wounded when an Afghan soldier they were training blew himself up. Following the incident, the French President suspended combat operations and all training of Afghan soldiers by the 2000+ French troops serving in Afghanistan.
Earlier in the week I had a moment of sympathy for Mitt Romney when he was criticized by his Republican rivals for speaking French. The same people who criticized Jon Huntsman for speaking Mandarin. The same people who are too self-satisfied and stupid to learn another language themselves--not they have a particular talent for English.
There will certainly be criticism by the chubby commentariat on the Right of the French decision. But since none of the loud-mouths on right-wing radio ever served in the military, they will be talking out of their XXL asses.
France was our first ally and without them we would have lost the Revolutionary War. France remained our ally after their own revolution and it pisses me off every time I hear criticism of France by the Chicken Hawks who are in favor of war as long as they are fought by someone else.
I don't know if or when French troops will return to risking their lives training Afghan soldiers, but in this ten-year-long war, French troops have been on the ground and in the fight since the beginning. French critics in the US have been on their fat asses just as long.