What: All Issues : War & Peace : Nuclear Weapons : H.R. 1588. Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization/Vote to Castigate France For Its Anti-War Stance on Iraq. (2003 house Roll Call 218)
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H.R. 1588. Fiscal 2004 Defense Authorization/Vote to Castigate France For Its Anti-War Stance on Iraq.
house Roll Call 218     May 22, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The recent war in Iraq inspired great animosity among U.S. leaders toward France. In the House cafeteria, for instance, Representative Robert Ney (R-OH) renamed French fries "freedom fries" as a symbolic denouncement of France's opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq. More importantly, cooperation between the U.S. and France on non-military issues has suffered since U.N. negotiations between the two countries broke down and on several occasions the U.S. has shunned France in the international arena. More recently, Congressman Saxton (R-NJ) offered an amendment to the 2004 defense authorization bill which would repeal the requirement that U.S. military officers serving as diplomats to France in defenserelated areas are brigadier generals or rear admirals (which are two of the highest military ranks one can achieve). By Saxton's own admission, his move was intended as a way to castigate France for its anti-war stance. Progressives opposed the Saxton amendment because, in their view, the measure would needlessly exacerbate tensions between the U.S. and France. Effective diplomacy, Progressives argue, requires cooperation rather than antagonism between world leaders. House Republicans, many of whom in recent months have strongly denounced the French in speeches on the floor, voted nearly unanimously in support of Saxton's amendment and the measure was adopted on a 302-123 vote.

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