Bizarro (4/19/11)

France is a superpower? I find that hard to believe. When I was growing up, the only superpowers anyone spoke of were the United States and the Soviet Union. Not even Great Britain made it into the exclusive club of countries whose footprints could be felt all over the world. Of course, that definition of “superpower” seems limiting. In my estimation, any country that exports its language to the four corners of the globe, continues to exert influence in its own neighborhood and beyond, and maintains a healthy stockpile of nuclear weapons qualifies as a superpower. The United States qualifies. China qualifies. Great Britian qualifies. Russia, Spain, and India teeter on the cusp. And France? As far as I’m concerned, they’re in.

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