Originally Posted by Rohirrim
It's not just a matter of what these countries can do militarily, although both Russia and Germany still have strong militaries. France is also strong, contrary to popular belief - ever hear of the Mirage? It's a matter of having a Western coalition that expresses a voice in the world. We still have China to deal with. Maybe not now, but down the road for sure. The way to really combat terrorism, by moving the Arab world into the 20th century, and combatting their influence in Africa and Europe, not to mention the Middle East, will not be accomplished by military power alone. Face the facts, we'll have to build schools that combat the message of the madrassas. We'll have to help with power supplies, water supplies, agriculture, etc. That's will lead to the long term victory. Military forces won't. For that program, we'll need help.
Do you realize that France held joint naval operations with China this year?
France's influence in Africa is purely negative being a former brutal colonial power there.