Glenn Reynolds is mad at Jaques Chirac for being mad at “New Europe” –

“‘It is not really responsible behavior,’ [Chirac] told a news conference. ‘It is not well brought-up behavior. They missed a good opportunity to keep quiet.’ […] ‘Romania and Bulgaria were particularly irresponsible to [sign the letter] when their position is really delicate. If they wanted to diminish their chances of joining Europe they could not have found a better way.”

A bit over the top, I agree. As are so many statements these days. However, the advice Reynolds has for President Bush in light of Chiracs Rumsfeldian remarks is either revealing a mysterious sense of humour or an unexpected degree of ignorance exemplified by the following quote – Axis And Alliance… We’re Soooooooo Willing.

Thus warned, Romania and Bulgaria might want to consider abandoning the EU entirely and asking to join the North American Free Trade Agreement instead. […] If I were President Bush, I’d start making oises about being willing to consider just that.

It just does not seem funny to me – but then again – I’m German, what do I know about humour ;-).