Sarkozy is bringing his country around. He got rid of his petulant, unelected and anti-American wife, and he wants to be a tough part of the answer in the Mid-East. The mercurial French are afraid that the U.S. will prevail in Iraq, thus leaving them in the history bin when liberty was at stake (similar to the American left). The French like to see themselves a players, even if they are not. Better late than never.