The "International Pariah"

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Is John Kerry (1) signing an autograph, (2) signing a check, or (3) writing down his address and phone number?

As Moe noted over in RedHot yesterday, you must read this Ed Morrisey post on how John Kerry blasted the United States in Davos, Switzerland over the weekend (Allahpundit has video and more). As reported by the Associated Press:

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry slammed the foreign policy of the Bush administration on Saturday, saying it has caused the United States to become "a sort of international pariah."

The statement came as the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee responded to a question about whether the U.S. government had failed to adequately engage Iran's government before the election of hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005.

Kerry said the Bush administration has failed to adequately address a number of foreign policy issues.

"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."

Morrissey picks on Kerry's typically poor grasp of the facts here, and one might add that he should probably have noted that Iran was not exactly Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood before 2005. The larger theme of Kerry's remarks on foreign soil is best captured by Glenn Reynolds: "Like Jimmy Carter, he'll never forgive America for rejecting him, and he'll console himself with the approval of America's enemies." Of course, that suggests that this is new behavior on Kerry's part, when in fact it is a lifelong pattern of saying whatever it is that America's enemies happen to be saying at a particular point in time.

All of which makes speculation that Curt Schilling might run against Kerry in 2008 provocative - even if Schilling decides he's not ready to stop pitching, someone in the Massachusetts GOP must want to ask the Bay State's voters, liberal though they are, if they really want to put up with six more years of telling our enemies what they want to hear, especially when combined with Kerry's famous lack of interest or accomplishment in the job of being a Senator.


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"You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck making friends with terrorists."

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"Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm." -- James Madison

Kerry – “Hey Mo, how’d you like another story about American atrocities in Vietnam?”

Khatami – “Not today, John. The sound of your voice makes me want to cut off my own head. Could you please sign your name on the bottom line?”

Kerry – “Sure, sure.”

Khatami – “You’re positive that you have the power to negotiate your country’s surrender?”

Kerry – “I told you, they’re still counting chads in Ohio. It’s only a matter of time.”

Khatami – “Of course, Mr. President. Please don’t forget to wear the special vest I gave you to tonight’s Euro Trash ball.”

Kerry – “The one with the fuse? I gave it to Teresa – told her it’s a Louis Vuitton. I’ll call you later and we’ll go parasailing.”

Khatami – “Only if I can borrow your bronzer, my infidel friend.”

Kerry – “You complete me, Mo.”

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I don't really understand the issue here....

"Kerry said the Bush administration has failed to adequately address a number of foreign policy issues."

True

"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,"

True

"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."

True

The definition of pariah is - "one that is despised or rejected - OUTCAST"

If were not a pariah is the middle east right now then I must have the wrong definition of pariah.

Europe called us a pariah while we were saving them from the Soviets in the 1980s. Indeed, we were a pariah in the 1970s and 1960s and 1950s and...

The rest of this is merely your agreement with someone who has always aligned himself with America's enemies. Pardon me if your stunning logic does not move me.

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Even those who learn from history are surrounded by those doomed to repeat it.

We and Churchill were pariahs in the 1940s. Churchill was the quintessential pariah in the 1930s.

But to guys like Eric M whose mother must have never asked him, "and if everyone else jumped off a bridge would you do that to?", this doesn't matter. What matters to he and Euro Trash like Kerry is being popular, not being right.

his last 'graph, when he said that the United States is a pariah in the Middle East. In general, we can't argue with that one. As a Western nation, they've disliked our culture at least since the Ottoman Empire was dashed. Wasn't Prescott Bush behind the Balfour Declaration of 1917?

The Iranians took our embassy in '79. I can't count for how long they've been burning our Presidents in effigy. They resent our wealth and power. Heck, they even flew aeroplanes into two really tall buildings in New York City.

If that's not a pariah...

will proudly remain a pariah if that means refusing to appease the evil nation this man next to me helped to establish.

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Kerry said the Bush administration has failed to adequately address a number of foreign policy issues."

Vacuously true, perhaps, "adequately" and "a number" being the operative weaselings here.

"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,"

Global warming is a big fat lie. Kyoto was worse than useless. We have spent Billions on AIDS in Africa, but lo and behold, African men with AIDS won't quit having sex with African women, and vice versa.

And yet, the second part about living up to standards again makes the statement vacuously true.

"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."

True

The definition of pariah is - "one that is despised or rejected - OUTCAST"

If were not a pariah is the middle east right now then I must have the wrong definition of pariah.

Yes, you must.

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Bush has done more for AIDS in Africa than Clinton or any other national leader. No solution will work without increasing personal responsibility.

Put aside the fact that Kyoto is a huckster's scam. You must be just as mad at Clinton/Gore for not believing in Kyoto and holding back presenting the treaty to Congress.

The Middle East has been in crisis since long before the recent Iraq war. Was Bush supposed to wait until Saddam developed full scale production of nuclear weapons? Saddam had over two tons of uranium (which we removed in 2004). While the left might trust someone like Saddam with tons of uranium, fortunately we had someone more responsible as CINC. Life isn't a TV show where you can count on catching the bad guys moments before they push the launch button.

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Can we please walk away from AIDS in Africa the way you and Kerry claimed we have? What's that translate into if returned in the form of a tax cut?

Bush's record financial support of AIDS and your reply with your soul mate Kerry only proves the point no matter how much Republicans spend on social ills they will always be accused of doing nothing. I suppose he's done nothing with education either.

I've written my state's supposedly Republican senator.

I don't expect a reply:to wit, 'Look, the D's talk about the "culture of corruption". Am I a right-wing nut when I see clear evidence of treason and nobody says "boo!"?'

OregonGuy

That so many other people around the world (discounting the obvious) have such a low opinion of the U.S. government? In just six years we went from everybody having our back to coninuing criticism and ill will. And we're not just talking about the French here.

It must be completely Bush's fault, whatever the reason.
/overly snarky, and not in the mood to debate the notion that we had "everybody" on our side, nor go into the fact that France, Germany, Russia, and China (among others) had their own interests at stake (both financially and militarily) in attempting to prevent a completion to the '91 Gulf War, and certainly not in the mood to go into detail about the politics that were played out as a result of the entire situation. It's much easier to just say "Bush did it."

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Even those who learn from history are surrounded by those doomed to repeat it.

The post 9/11 surge of sympathy was never destined to last.

In my foreign travels, I've run across two viewpoints towards the USA.

1) They love us, and want to move here. If they can't move here, they want their kids to move here. If their kids can't move here, they want their own country to offer the kind of opportunities the US does. We may have too much government, but, by world standards, it's a pretty honest government. It helps to be born rich, but if you can't manage that, people will forget completely who you parents and grandparents were if you start making a success of yourself. Neither of those two statements can be made about most of the world. Even when we do stuff in foreign policy that they think was wrong, they will grant that our hearts were in the right place. You find more of these people in the developing economies, including, more than you think, in the Islamic world.

2) They hate us, and want us to go away. They resent us. If they come from old money, they resent that we've allowed the poorest of the poor from their country to get rich over here. They don't like our power, and they don't like our cultural institutions, like McDonalds, Starbucks and Hollywood movies, displacing some of their own (even though their countrymen are the ones patronizing the American imports).

W has antagonized, in word and deed, those who didn't like us to start with, but he didn't create them.

Some of the stuff he has done to honk them off was, imho, unnecessary and poorly conceived. Other stuff - such as Kyoto or opposing the World Criminal Court - was nothing more than standing up for US interests in defensible and necessary ways.

in that Bush has definetly fostered an image "either your with us or against us" that antagonizes people in other countries and doesn't exactly "play" well in other parts of the globe. We're the biggest and the baddest so of course people are going to be envious, but I think lately it almost looks like we're trying to rub peoples faces in it.

You will have to make a case that he has fostered an atmosphere of antagonism in the rest of the world. Other than a weak "it happened on his watch" cum hoc ergo propter hoc, I don't see it.

We have enemies, and we have friends. But being the biggest kid on the block, few can choose to ignore us.

(And it's "President Bush", not simply "Bush". Show some respect for your country, even if you despise the man.)

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...and blowing up school children isn't nearly as "antagonistic" to the "rest of the world" as taking a stand against the people who commit such horrific acts.

The fact that the Euro Leftists shed tears over the imagined war crimes of President Bush while they utterly ignore the atrocities of Islamic fanatics makes me wonder why anyone could possibly care what the rest of the world thinks.

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Ever think of moving to Massachusetts and running for Senator?

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...and the Senate is a den of egomaniacal blowhards (with few enough exeptions to make them irrelevant).

I think I'd rather open a bikini waxing shop in Islamabad.

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"We can all do our part to save the planet by dying." - R.E. Finch

have a President who does right by his country than what will cause the world to "like" us more.

"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way."
John Paul Jones (letter to M. Le Ray de Chaumont,16 Nov.1778)

We've had everyone else's back for decades. Give me the last operation completed to the benefit of the United States that was conducted by one of these many people that once had our back. I can give you a list of the number of times we had their back, and continue to do so.

Go join your ship of fools and let's see if they watch your back.

by a certain country.

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"now, remember Senator, your globally approved kit of anti-Bush talking points will ship in under 48 hours. But if you need assistance in the meantime, call us at 1-800-GWB-LIED."

Looks like another Logan Act violation, but who's enforcing that these days?

 
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