USS Constitution Is Staying In Port

You may have seen that the French current president is infuriated with the Biden administration:

The BBC explains France is protesting a US/Australia/UK security arrangement – that does not include France. The biggest problem being reported is apparently an Australian submarine technology deal with the U.S. means Australia will not be buying French submarines:

…The alliance, known as Aukus, will see Australia being given the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines.

The move angered France as it scuppered a multibillion-dollar deal it had signed with Australia.

The agreement is widely seen as an effort to counter China’s influence in the contested South China Sea. It was announced on Wednesday by US President Joe Biden, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.

France was informed of the alliance only hours before the public announcement was made.

I am not going to draw conclusions or offer a personal opinion on that. I feel I do not know enough about it. But I feel I can say this sort of “spat” between France and the U.S. is hardly new.

Yes, yes, everyone knows France signed an alliance in 1778 with the new U.S. to aid (for a variety of reasons: from some there truly supporting the idea of “liberty” to others who merely saw a great opportunity to stick it to France’s long-time adversary, Great Britain) the country in its war for independence.

But much less known today…

[A 1797 France excerpt from Tomorrow The Grace. On Kindle for iPhone and iPad. Copyright 2019. Click to expand.]

…is the US and France actually fought an “undeclared” war between 1798-1800 – only about fifteen years after the 1783 treaty in which Great Britain had recognized the independence of the United States.

[BOSTON (July 4, 2014) USS Constitution fires a 17-gun salute near U.S. Coast Guard Base Boston. US Navy photo. Public domain. Wikipedia.]

On the current situation, I will risk this opinion. Even an “undeclared” war seems decidedly unlikely this time, of course. The USS Constitution and the rest of the American fleet are not going to be taking on the French fleet.

Hope you are having a good weekend, wherever you are. 🙂