US lawmakers are threatening to take retaliatory action against France, Belgium and Germany for their opposition to US policy towards Iraq.
Anger with the French and German stand has led some US congressmen to call for a trade boycott of French products and the withdrawal of some US troops from Germany.
The failure of these three states to honour their commitments is beneath contempt
And some consumers are already reducing their purchases of French cheese and wine.
The increased rhetoric and demands for action are a concrete sign of the growing tensions within the Nato alliance.
The bitterness is evident across the political spectrum.
Democratic Congressman Tom Lantos of California said he was "particularly disgusted by the blind intransigence and utter ingratitude" of France, Germany and Belgium. Source.