The "International Pariah"
Like Genghis Khan.
By Dan McLaughlin Posted in Liberals — Comments (30) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
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.