Friday, September 02, 2011

International talking points

David Cameron early Friday:
Speaking on the BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Cameron insisted the UK had been "punching at our weight or even above our weight" in the conflict with the RAF carrying out around a fifth of all strike sorties against Muammar Gaddafi's forces.

He added: "I really want to challenge this idea that somehow the Americans see us a weak ally, they don't - they see us as their strongest and most staunch ally."
Harper yesterday:
“They used to claim that in international affairs, and you’ve heard the quote many times: ‘Canada punched above its weight.’ “Well, to punch above your weight, you first have to be able to punch.
Separated at birth or something. The punching metaphor quite popular this week.

For the record, here's the way the NATO contribution was broken down this week by this journo based on info at the NATO Source blog:
France 33%

United States 16%

Denmark* 11%

Britain 10%

Norway 10%

Canada 10%

Italy 10%
An update at the NATO blog referenced above puts the UK at 12%.

The point...if any nation was punching above their weight, it was probably France. Since everybody seems so concerned about proper share of the credit and all.