While in Switzerland at a world forum and while sitting right next to a powerful Iranian mullah, John Kerry, the man who almost became president in 2004, called the US “a sort of international pariah“:
“When we walk away from global warming, Kyoto, when we are irresponsibly slow in moving toward AIDS in Africa, when we don’t advance and live up to our own rhetoric and standards, we set a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy,” Kerry said.
“So we have a crisis of confidence in the Middle East in the world, really. I’ve never seen our country as isolated, as much as a sort of international pariah for a number of reasons as it is today.”
What are this man’s intentions in regard to America? First he spoke ill of America in front of a Senate committee about our troops in Vietnam, and now he speaks ill of America in front of a world forum. Is John Kerry even capable of speaking positively about his own country? Does he understand that his words are giving comfort to our enemies because he’s echoing their view of us or is he just that stupid? For God’s sake, he is encouraging the terrorists and insurgents to continue their attacks on our our troops in Iraq who are on the front line of our foreign policy efforts. Not only that, but North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela are helping Iran to essentially hold the rest of the world hostage by helping it to create nuclear weapons, and John Kerry calls us the pariah?
He also criticized the Bush administrations by saying that it too often looks at the rest of the world through an American lens. President Bush is obligated to protect this country, its citizens and its interests from those who want to do us harm, so through whose lens does Senator Kerry recommend President Bush see the world? Iran’s? Al Qaeda’s? Hezbollah’s?
Remember when Kerry said during a presidential debate that we should consult other countries before we defend ourselves? His statements today prove that what he said back then was not a slip, but his true beliefs. The American people really dodged a bullet when it rejected Senator Kerry on election day.
Update: Allahpundit reacts to Kerry’s lamenting “the ‘unfortunate habit’ of Americans to see the world ‘exclusively through an American lens.'”
He said this while seated next to the former CEO of one of the world’s foremost terrorist states, which as we speak is working on building nuclear weapons, bankrolling Hezbollah’s efforts to foment civil war in Lebanon and Hamas’s exterminationist jihad against Israel, and supplying Shiite militias with IEDs to kill American soldiers in Iraq. Whose current leadership, lest we forget, Kerry has previously signaled a desire to meet with. Note the bolded bit in the quote, too: given a direct choice between defending the president or siding with the Iranian government circa 2003 — whose nominal leader was, of course, Khatami himself — Lurch essentially chose the latter.
Greg Tinti points out Kerry’s blatant hypocrisy:
Speaking of a message of duplicity and hypocrisy, for the record, Kerry voted for a resolution in 1997 that stated that the US should not be a signatory to the Kyoto protocol because it “did not include binding targets and timetables for developing as well as industrialized nations” and could “result in serious harm to the economy of the United States.” Simply put, Kerry voted against Kyoto.
Captain Ed points out Kerry’s lie on Bush’s record on AIDS in Africa:
He took the time to scold the Bush administration for its lack of effort on AIDS and other diseases in Africa. However, Bush has already spent more on these issues than the last Democratic administration did in eight years. Humanitarian aid to Africa comprised $1.4 billion a year at the end of the Clinton administration, but Bush has tripled that to $4 billion per year — and wants to more than double it over the next two years.
Captain Ed is right on with this. President Bush announced in his January 2003 State of the Union Address that he was committing $15 billion dollars over five years, far more than Bill Clinton ever did, to fighting AIDS in Africa.
Bill Faith says it”s a real shame that Kerry is not running for president 2008.