CONSPIRACY THEORIES: Michael Ledeen argues that France and Germany are actively trying to help Saddam and the Islamic terrorists bring America down. I normally find Ledeen’s arguments compelling, but I find this rather implausible. While I think their actions are in effect helping America’s enemies, I dismiss the notion that that’s their intention. Does France and, to a lesser extent, Germany resent that the US is so powerful that we can ignore them with little consequence? Absolutely. Do they resent it enough that they would actively help our enemies kill American citizens? Of course not. (Thanks to Occam’s Toothbrush for the link.)

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.