UPDATE II: Captain Ed Morrissey proves that not only is Senator Kerry a hypocrite, but he is also an ignoramus. As are those who believe in the statements that Senator Kerry is making.
Once again, we have the spectre of Kyoto haunting the Bush administration, when it was the Clinton administration that refused to submit the treaty to the Senate — and the Senate that unanimously passed a resolution saying they’d never ratify it. The Byrd-Hagel Resolution in 1997 made it clear that the US would not allow itself to be bound by the treaty as long as it exempted India, China, and other developing nations. That’s the same position as the Bush Administration has taken — and the same position that John Kerry himself took in 1997 when he voted in favor of the Byrd-Hagel Resolution.
That’s yet another example of the hypocrisy of John Kerry — but there’s more.
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:
President Bush’s legacy is sure to be defined by his wielding of U.S. military power in Afghanistan and Iraq, but there is another, much softer and less-noticed effort by his administration in foreign affairs: a dramatic increase in U.S. aid to Africa. The president has tripled direct humanitarian and development aid to the world’s most impoverished continent since taking office and recently vowed to double that increased amount by 2010 — to nearly $9 billion. …
Bush has increased direct development and humanitarian aid to Africa to more than $4 billion a year from $1.4 billion in 2001, according to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. And four African nations — Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt and Uganda — rank among the world’s top 10 recipients in aid from the United States.
So not only is John Kerry a hypocrite, he’s also an ignoramus. However, we have noticed that the Davos forum has become, over the years, a convention of sorts for both. Kerry should feel right at home.
UPDATE I: Via AllahPundit at HotAir:
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.
Then he signed an autograph for the pig. The same pig who, six months ago, defended executing gays for the crime of homosexuality.
For those who do not know what is a “pariah”. (Keep in mind, this is a man who wanted to be President of the United States. This is what he truly believes about our nation.)
I bet you haven’t heard about this in the major news today, have you? That is probably because they are having orgasms over the moonbats who have gathered in Washington, D.C. to urge our surrender in the war effort against Islamic Totalitarianism. You can go here to read about that if you’d like: New Anti-War Slogan: “Just Poop”
But I believe we now know why Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) decided to not run for President in 2008. It seems the Democrats have elected him to be their point man on Anti-American rhetoric to undermine the United States and embolden our enemies. Since Senator Kerry is used to this kind of thing from his days with Winter Soldier and his testimony before Congress in 1971, it made complete sense.
For those of you who have had much better things to do this weekend than keep up with the number of American Congressmen who are betraying their country, Charles Johnson at LGF and Allahpundit at HotAir have the latest, including video at HotAir.
Here is Charles Johnson’s coverage: John Kerry with the Enemies of America
The man who was almost president shares a stage in Davos, Switzerland, with a rogue’s gallery of enemies, including the former president of Iran and his Iraqi puppet.
Nearly beyond belief. But this is John F. Kerry, doing what he does — giving aid and comfort to the enemies of America during wartime.
Amr Moussa, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Abdullah Gul, Foreign Minister of Turkey, Ahmed Mahmoud Nazif, Prime Minister of Egypt, Adil Abd al-Mahdi, Vice-President of Iraq, Mohammad Khatami, former President of Iran, and John Kerry, Senator from Massachussetts, U.S., from left, pose for a group photo after a plenary session on the Middle East during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Keystone, Alessandro della Valle)
Here he is, giving the Ayatollah Khatami an autograph.
Former President of Iran Mohammad Khatami, right, shares a word with Senator from Massachusetts, USA, John Kerry after participating in a session ‘The Future of the Middle East’ at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Death to America!
John F. Kerry
UPDATE at 1/27/07 9:21:51 am:
More on this shameful appearance at The Political Pit Bull, who notes that Kerry called the US “an international pariah“ — while sitting on a stage with a representative of the world’s major state sponsor of terrorism.
UPDATE at 1/27/07 9:27:27 am:
More of Kerry’s appalling blast at his own country: Sen. Kerry Blasts U.S. Foreign Policy. (Hat tip: Killgore.)
(AP) DAVOS, Switzerland 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.”
Kerry said the government needs to use diplomacy to improve national security.
“We need to do a better job of protecting our interests, because after all, that’s what diplomacy is about,” he said. “But you have to do it in a context of the reality, not your lens but the reality of those other cultures and histories.”
Kerry criticized what he called the “unfortunate habit” of Americans to see the world “exclusively through an American lens.”
The outrageousness of Kerry’s statements is multiplied by the fact that he himself voted against the Kyoto Protocol — as did every single member of Congress. This was not a Bush decision — it was a unanimous decision of the United States government.
UPDATE at 1/27/07 9:44:51 am:
As for Kerry’s comment that the Bush administration is “irresponsibly slow” in providing AIDS help to Africa, the money is indeed stopped right now — because of Democrat budget wrangling. (Hat tip: Killgore.)