I don't think the performance of the French troops in the Western Desert, on Europe after 1944, etc, etc, were much of joke material. And this French Joke Idea was invented only after the French gave Bush the finger about Iraq II, there wasn't much complaining about the French intervention in Iraq I as far as anyone knows. An intelligent mind would THINK a bit before shooting his mouth off. Freedom Fries? You can stuff them. Not strictly true....There was French Troops in Iraq in 2003.