- The Washington Times - Friday, August 18, 2006

Nobles: Rep. Bobby Jindal, who seems able to do just about anything, except maybe juggle.

As the only Indian American in Congress, a Rhodes scholar, former administration official and gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Jindal fields an impressive resume. But who knew that he was also an obstetrician? Apparently, not even Mr. Jindal knew that.

But when his wife awoke with labor pains early Tuesday morning, the Louisiana congressman had to become one fast. The speed with which Supriya Jindal went into labor precluded a quick drive to the hospital. It also precluded an ambulance ride. “This baby is coming now,” yelled Mrs. Jindal. What’s a husband to do but call a nurse and get instructions about how to deliver his wife’s third child himself?

“I tried to do everything you see in the movies,” he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. No one’s quite sure which movie he was referring to, but whichever one it was, all husbands should be ordered to watch it. Slade Ryan Jindal was born just a few moments later, at a healthy 8 pounds, 2 ounces. Mom and baby are reportedly doing fine. So, too, is “Dr. Jindal.”

For taking matters into their own hands, Bobby and Supriya Jindal are the Nobles of the week.

Knaves: France, whose presence on the international stage does more harm than good.

France fancies itself a world power. And as befits a world power, it included itself heavily into the cease-fire negotiations between Israel, Lebanon and Hezbollah. As a part of the U.N. Security Council resolution it helped draft, France promised to take the lead in providing a substantial number of its own troops toward the 15,000-strong international peace-keeping force to be stationed in southern Lebanon.

So how does one say “taking the lead” in French? Try saying 400 troops. That’s all President Jacques Chirac said his country would contribute, sending shock waves through the United Nations, as officials scrambled to figure out where the 14,600 additional troops would come from. Those 400 troops represent less than 3 percent, hardly the “backbone” French diplomats promised when demanding a cease-fire. And France’s contribution won’t even be combat troops. They’re engineering troops.

The upside of this is that if there’s no useless U.N. peace-keeping force in the way, perhaps Israel can finish the job.

For validating its own ineffectualness as a global leader, France is the Knave of the week.

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