Re: Gingrich. Funny: you wouldn’t think that at one time, in order to reverse the losses sustained in the Seven Years War, France practically bankrupted itself paying for and equipping an insurgent army to fight against the British in North America. France paid the Continental army’s wages and supplied its uniforms, muskets, artillery and ammunition. And, as time passed, it increasingly supplied the men to do the actual fighting. There were more French troops than Americans at Yorktown, for instance, and the British defeat there was largely facilitated by the only naval reverse the British suffered at the hands of the French between the late 17th century and the present day. There would not, in short, be a USA without the French.
I’m actually surprised that the French never publicly remind the Americans of this. But then there is the counter-example of 1917 and 1944, so maybe they’ve also got a grudge against the fellow who did you a favour to work off.
changed the absolute monarch howler in light of comment pointing out mistake. Also, yeah, that statue thing.