Hitting them where they hurt. Yes, Donald Rumsfeld sure knows how to piss off the French:
“This year, the American presence—and the lack of rank in it—at Paris will serve as a powerful and understated reminder of our scorn for the French.
American combat aircraft—the usual assortment of F-15 Eagles, the F/A-18 Hornets, F-16 Falcons, the B-2s and maybe even the F-117s—will sit on the runway while the others caper aloft. Like the gold medallists who watch the consolation game to see who finishes third and fourth, our quiet war birds will speak loudly. Parlez vous francais? Who the hell cares?”