Obama, Edith Piaf, and the French Foreign Legion
5:46 PM, Aug 18, 2010 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
News item: "COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Despite criticism from Republicans and others, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he has 'no regrets' over the comments he made about the right of Muslims to build an Islamic center near the former site of the World Trade Center in New York."
In alluding to "Non, je ne regrette rien" ("No, I regret nothing"), the French song famously performed by the great Édith Piaf, is President Obama subtly indicating that the battle for the mosque is over?
After all, it's well known Piaf dedicated her 1960 recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion--and that, in 1961, when the Legion's 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment had backed the failed coup attempt by the French military, the Legionnaires left their barracks singing "Non, je ne regrette rien." It's a song of lost causes. Sounds like "no regrets" is Obama's gentle way of preparing his allies for the fact that the Ground Zero mosque has become a lost cause.