Kerry rips Bush in front of former Iranian president at Davos; Update: Video added

posted at 1:24 pm on January 27, 2007 by Allahpundit

This isn’t the first time a major Democratic politician, or even Waffles himself, has handed Islamic fundamentalists a propaganda freebie.


The unwritten rule about politics ending at the water’s edge is long gone and we’re going to have to think very hard now about how best to restore it. If that means Gingrich or Giuliani going over to Israel or Australia or Japan when the Democrats are back in the White House and badmouthing the new president’s foreign policy, so be it. Tit for tat.

It’s come to this.

Kerry was asked 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 in addressing 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 criticized what he called 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.

Then he signed an autograph for the pig. The same pig who, six months ago, defended executing gays for the crime of homosexuality.


Fox aired video a little while ago. I’ll be back soon with a clip. Go read Captain Ed and see why Kerry’s comments, simply as a factual matter, prove that he’s either exceedingly stupid or a liar.

Update: Here’s the video, stitched together from two different Fox News segments. Note the crack about “neocon” rhetoric and regime change. Khatami’s masters must have enjoyed that.

Update: Here’s a nice gloss on the day’s events.

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Electing John Kerry and Ted Kennedy makes me wonder just what is the average IQ in Mass?

dawgyear on January 27, 2007 at 6:29 PM

Ask Barney ‘my boy lollipop’ Frank or Gary ‘page boy abuser’ Studds.

Wade on January 27, 2007 at 7:19 PM

I guess the people at Davos have never heard of the expression “sour grapes”. Kerry and Gore are full of it and their losses are driving them almost insane.

CrimsonFisted on January 27, 2007 at 7:21 PM

gmcjetpilot on January 27, 2007 at 6:34 PM

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” -Theodore Roosevelt

There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification of mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Don’t worry gmcjet…I will be the first one to throw the tea into harbor AND THOSE WHO DRINK IT.

Limerick on January 27, 2007 at 7:28 PM

Notice him speaking about Americans in the 3rd person?

– The Cat

MirCat on January 27, 2007 at 7:45 PM

The WORLD loves and appreciates in amazement that we in america can do this, speak freely.

gmcjetpilot, if that were true, how do you explain the cartoon riots as just one example where the type of people that Kerry was pandering to emphatically do not appreciate free speech? And the rest of the world isn’t that fond of free speech either, or they would stop conceding their right to it every time some Islamist or multi-culti idiot gets offended.

If you want to address facts, start with this one:
He gave the enemy a propaganda coup during a war.

Laura on January 27, 2007 at 7:57 PM

Then he signed an autograph for the pig.

That wasn’t his autograph. It was his phone number.

Laura on January 27, 2007 at 8:05 PM

When we walk away from global warming, Kyoto,

China gets a pass. Not America, but don’t question the patriotism.

when we are irresponsibly slow in moving toward AIDS in Africa,

I wasn’t aware of American responsibility in this area, although its nice to help however we can while still meeting those obligations we really do have responsibility for.

“… and Americans have an unfortunate habit of seeing the world and other people exclusively through an American lens. And Judging their aspirations through that lens.”

This is a basic assumption for the Left, which also assumes that all the other people on Earth honor and respect those from other cultures and try to see things through “their lens” as a matter of policy. In fact, Americans more than anyone else put to much weight on what others think.

Coyote D. on January 27, 2007 at 8:18 PM

I have a great idea. Let’s send Kerry to speak before the mullahs in Tehran. After he has droned on for a few hours, they’ll either kill him or themselves. It’s a winner either way.

The Monster on January 27, 2007 at 8:19 PM

When we walk away from global warming, Kyoto…

If elgeneralisimo’s memory serves him correctly the Senate vote on Kyoto was 95-0 against; which, with out looking up the record, means that there’s a 100% chance that this attention seeking ghoul walked away from it as well.

… when we are irresponsibly slow in moving toward AIDS in Africa…

Huh ?!? Slamming Clinton era policy is in vogue in Demo intelligentsia circles ?

… when we don’t advance and live up to our own rhetoric and standards, we set a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy…

OK, elgeneralisimo has to give props to anyone who utilizes the first rule of propaganda…

Kerry criticized what he called the “unfortunate habit” of Americans to see the world “exclusively through an American lens.”

elgeneralisimo agrees, the modernity of western civilization is overrated; the 19th amendment and well, most civil rights laws have placed an undue burdened on society. Just imagine the progress if we could just turn back the clock and correct the mistakes of the past… women and all those little black and brown people knew there place back then. Anybody remember the words to Jim Crow ?

elgeneralisimo on January 27, 2007 at 8:20 PM

He will apoligize to No One……”
Kerry’s traitorous behavior is nothing NHU!!!!

What a fraking POS…This guy makes my skin crawl!
I live in MA and never voted for either Kerry or Kennedy and can’t understand why he gets elected every time…….
of course I cannot understand why Patrick was elected either! Now left wondering how long before it becaomes a third world cesspool!!

Mellen on January 27, 2007 at 8:25 PM

What Kerry said is hard to take but sadly its true. Where is he wrong? Even if only 1/2 or 1/4th was true it would still be bad; Bush embodies the trifecta of bad policy and decision making. Lets stop following a losing plan and administration and join together and say enough, even if it means agreeing with (dare I say) Dems.

He’s wrong about virtually all of it, gmcjetpilot (Dear G-d, I hope you’re in the military!)
The Congress voted down Kyoto, because it’s a crock of sh*t, based on bad science and is only a disguised plan of enforced Communism to tax wealthy businesses, corporations and countries and give their wealth to an oligarchy that would include Kerry, the Davos Illuminati.
Secondly, not only did President Bush move on AIDS in Africa, but he got real money to them–$15 billion, as opposed to Clinton’s goose egg. Nor did Clinton move to help end the slaughter in Rwanda.
Even the rich elites at Davos know that Kerry is a loser and I’m delighted that he made these treasonous comments the day after he declared that he wasn’t running in 2008.
The Iranians are dumb but they’re not stupid–they know he’s a useful idiot.
President Bush’s foreign policy has been tremendous and America, under his leadership, is doing what it needs to do to protect us here at home and to promote Liberty throughout the world.
60 million voters and a volunteer military of over 2 million can’t be wrong.
As for that “we’re hated all over the world” crap, I’ve been around the world–literally–and they love us!
Foreigners may bitch and complain about our “government” but when push comes to shove, they rely on America to be the Good Guy who will deliver them from the bad guys.
Better hustle on over to DailyKos, where you’ll have lots of friends because you’re making me mad!
Kerry, meanwhile, unburdened by the weight of having to run for the presidency (thank you, Jesus!), feels free to schmooze with his “equals”–disgustingly rich policy wonks who discuss the fate of the “little people” while they make more money selling arms and their personal honor (what little they have) to wrest even more control in their own hands, because they’re smarter and know better how to run the world than we poor tax-paying, Jesus-worshipping,knuckle-dragging American hicks who only know what’s right and what’s evil.

Jen the Neocon on January 27, 2007 at 8:26 PM

As a life long resident of Mass, but for time in the Marines, College, & law school, here’s my take on the politics which keep getting Lurch and the fat drunk uncle Teddy re-elected.

The Democrats have a monopoly on all seats statewide because this is truly a liberal minded place. It makes my teeth hurt to interact with the vast majority of my fellow Massholes.

Boston is a majority minority city, the Dems buy their votes via taxing folks like me to death. The suburbians still wear rose colored glasses and dream of Camelot; I kid you not when I say more homes still have a JFK portrait hanging in the living room than not. Fanaticism for all things Kennedy runs par with the Red Sox.

Mass just elected Deval Patrick, one of only 3 (I think) black governors ever in this country. Why? Because…well, he was black, and it made the white liberals feel good and it made the Roxbury & Mattapan crowd salivate over the prospect of the hand outs he’s proposed to lavish on them.

He ran on an agenda of I’ll raise the taxes of those who work hard, play by the rules, and speak English, so the rest of you don’t have to. Cambridge is now a criminal alien haven, no joke, the city council voted it into the by-laws in 2006.

Alden Pyle on January 27, 2007 at 8:39 PM


I’m speechless. Pure f-ing scum!

x95b10 on January 27, 2007 at 8:46 PM

Jesus did not come as an END to the law but rather as the FULFILLMENT thereof.

Soothsayer on January 27, 2007 at 6:14 PM

Since you were responding to me, where, pray tell, did I say anything different? And capital letters aren’t necessary for me. I wear reading glasses.

baldilocks on January 27, 2007 at 10:12 PM

gmcjetpilot on January 27, 2007 at 6:34 PM

One problem I see with your comment is that when the likes of Kerry dissent, they have no alternate plan. Second, they will not accept responsibility for the consequences when they get their way.

Look at the slaughter in Cambodia that was predicted and did happen. What american leaders paid for their plan?

csdeven on January 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

I swear, this is insane. Why do I bother reading this crap, why do I care?

Hicks was right, we should get off the planet and then just nuke’m from orbit, just to be sure they don’t follow us.

rockhauler on January 28, 2007 at 12:06 AM

All I can say is the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth were right all along and we all know how the media treated over 200 heroes about J F Kerry. The MSM excoriated them and are still doing it to this day.

He was a traitor in Nam and he is still a traitor.

What took the rest if you so long?

Tim Russert will singing his praise on Sunday Morning, as usual.

ScottyDog on January 28, 2007 at 12:15 AM

“…see the world “exclusively through an American lens.”
Projection is not just a river in Egypt.


Claire on January 28, 2007 at 12:28 AM

Is that an autograph he’s signing? or a receipt?

Claire on January 28, 2007 at 12:30 AM

Wow; even for Kerry this is stunning. Sitting next to Khatami and laughingly referring to this country as an international “pariah”, and placing Bush in the negative in relation to Khatami…it redefines gutless pandering.

This will be a wonderful litmus test for the new Dems.

Jaibones on January 28, 2007 at 12:51 AM

Hicks was right, we should get off the planet and then just nuke’m from orbit, just to be sure they don’t follow us.

rockhauler on January 28, 2007 at 12:06 AM

It’s the only way to be sure.

infidel4life on January 28, 2007 at 1:07 AM

What a lowly little turd. Why won’t he just go away.

Scotsman on January 28, 2007 at 1:12 AM

Kerry is trying to reconnect with his base.

Buzzy on January 28, 2007 at 1:34 AM

John Kerry: Once a traitor, always a traitor.

georgej on January 28, 2007 at 3:43 AM

I don’t think my opinion of Cary could get any lower, but I trust that he will pull some other stunt out of his ass before too long and push my opinon down even further. What a total gold-plated idiot he is.

Ellen on January 28, 2007 at 8:48 AM

Someone needs to knock that smile off of John Kerry’s face while he is giving the Iranian president his autograph. . .at the very same time Iranian agents are killing our troops.

The guy is more than a buffoon: John Kerry is a danger to America.

Let us thank God not only for the Swift Boat veterans (as Michelle Malkin does on her website) but also to the grassroots conservatives who got out the vote in Ohio.

januarius on January 28, 2007 at 10:38 AM

You will know them by their fruits.

shaken on January 28, 2007 at 11:02 AM

Kerry just secured a good table at any 5 Star restaurant in France. C’est le guerre.

iam7545 on January 28, 2007 at 11:12 AM

John Kerry is free to make stupid comments and we are free to condeme him for them.

Its a two way street. Always amazes me that Libs hate it when it works against them.

William Amos on January 28, 2007 at 11:55 AM

Jean Fraud Kerry is my senator. And he is the best senator there is from Massachusetts.

shermacman on January 28, 2007 at 1:11 PM

Kerry’s pariah comment tells me that he is more interested in the US following in the foot steps of Europe rather than in leading the free world.


GT on January 28, 2007 at 1:21 PM

Just who the heck VOTES for this piece of crap???

gary on January 28, 2007 at 2:42 PM

Just who the heck VOTES for this guy???

gary on January 28, 2007 at 2:43 PM

The Global Pest.

bloggless on January 28, 2007 at 2:47 PM

How on earth can the United States survive when we can look at and hear a man clearly talking treason and sedition and NOT identify him, and it, for what it is?

NRA4Freedom on January 28, 2007 at 3:55 PM

The global test.

Allahpundit, your associative memory must be off the scale. Also, I can’t think offhand of anyone who can pack as much implied insult into so few words, as you often do in these tart comments.

Kralizec on January 28, 2007 at 4:17 PM

There are 300,000,000 Americans and just one John Kerry. He lives and speaks by the grace of everyone around him, who leaves his rights of life, liberty, and estate uninfringed, and his enjoyment of them unimpaired.

Kralizec on January 28, 2007 at 4:27 PM

I hope JfnK gets taken hostage by some practicioners of the ROP.

Let’s see him “nuance” his way outta’ that.


Talon on January 28, 2007 at 5:08 PM


thsayer on January 27, 2007 at 6:14 PM

I love it when a complex theological question is attempted to be answered in 2 or 3 paragraphs. By your def. then women have to come to church with their head covered, cannot come to church during their “unclean” time of the month, I could list a litany of Original or Old Testament dictates or mores. How about “Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant”, ouch.
Here is your answer to why we follow some rules in the bible and others we discard.
“Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean”.(Matthew 16)
But don’t take my word for it, read the bible, better yet enter a quality bible class or Sunday school led by an educated scholar, and learn from them. As a christian I am sometimes embarrassed by the answers on these threads.

right2bright on January 28, 2007 at 5:24 PM

Now on to Kerry.
This is what the Democrats want, this is who their leaders are. I love to hear the liberals squirm as they try to defend such irresponsible acts. Their rational boggles the mind as they defend people like Kerry, Kennedy, Pelosi, Conyers. Each time they scream that these people are not our leaders, or that it is taken out of context. Time after time after time. Don’t they ever tire of making excuses for the Berglers, wRanglers, Kennedy’s, Kerry, Pelosi, Jefferson (oh yeah, he hasn’t been convicted so let him continue leading), etc.? I don’t think anything embarrasses them, they even pulled out that old battle axe Hanoi Jane…obviously nothing embarrasses them.

right2bright on January 28, 2007 at 5:32 PM

You have to excuse Mr. Kerry; he’s not entirely responsible for what he says since his brain can’t always keep up with his mouth.

chrisnolan on January 28, 2007 at 6:09 PM

As a christian I am sometimes embarrassed by the answers on these threads.

right2bright on January 28, 2007 at 5:24 PM

O.K. the “Not2Bright” thing was a bit harsh and has clearly sent you off the rail, my bad. Most of the things you referred to where “laws” which can change with the times, as opposed to SINS which are permanent, meaning what was sin yesterday is sin tommorrow, but a law made for the common good, like HYGIENE for instance, would obviously change as conditions dictate. Take womens MENSTRUAL BLOOD for example, blood was always a cesspool of contamination and STILL is, I might remind you of the plethora of diseases which are passed through the blood, Aids in your world, Leprosy in theirs, among others, but MESTRUAL BLOOD was an especially virulent cesspool of contamination, in an age where bacteria and virus’ were yet to be understood. So natural laws were put in place and remained until such a time as life obviated their necessity. Wearing two different textures of clothing in 2007 seems like no big deal but was quite different 2000 years ago. You have bactine and neosporin and if it should come to that, penicillin, they had sores that wouldn’t heal and which led to infection and sometimes death, all from wearing something the body couldn’t tolerate. It’s easy to scoff if you have a paucity of knowledge. As for instructing the men as to what “defiled” a man Jesus was, as I am, trying to explain to you the difference between a LAW of necessity and a SIN which contains DAMNATION as a PENALTY. The pharisees were asserting that Jesus’ disciples in violating the “traditions of the elders” had SINNED by eating with unwashen hands, not understanding the purpose for the “tradition”. Jesus told them that the “defilement” which they sought to place upon not washing ones hands, was misplaced and that in fact, that which came from within was the SIN that “defiled” a man. Again, he wasn’t saying that NOT WASHING your hands was necesarily the “way to go” he was merely explaining the difference between SIN and TRADITION. Amazing how you actually used scripture which proves my point in your misunderstanding. Homosexuality is a SIN for which the penalty has NEVER BEEN REMOVED AND IN FACT HAS ONLY BEEN ENHANCED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. Likewise, the penalty for FORNICATION, heterosexual sex before marriage, has NEVER BEEN REMOVED. There is no way JESUS CHRIST is going to tell PAUL that homosexuals and fornicators are going TO BURN IN THE FIRES OF HELL FOREVER, and then get squeamish about a criminal law statute that would put one of them to death. Which is worse, BURNING IN HELL, or just dying? You don’t make ANY sense with your silly liberal (catholic) interpretation ,which is merely confusion. RIDDLE ME THIS BATMAN…Why is THIS in your NEW TESTAMENT if Jesus is all touchy feely with sin all of a sudden?

1Corinthians 6:9-11 NIV
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders

nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

The reason that you don’t understand any of this is because you don’t have the Holy Ghost with the attendant evidence (glossalalia) that’s why you think that Jesus denying people entry into heaven is somehow “less than” the Old Testament which called for their death. So he’s going to send them to hell for eternity, yet for some strange and inexplicable reason, go soft on the whole “killing them ” thing?

If you HAD the Holy Spirit you would realize that the NEW TESTAMENT penalty for both fornication and homosexuality is WORSE BY AN INFINITE FACTOR, than the penalty in the OLD TESTAMENT which was merely DEATH, eternal DAMNATION isn’t even mentioned in Leviticus for these sins, although in truth, it has always been “assumed”. I , however am a “if it ain’t on the page, you made it up” kind of guy, so clearly the OldTestament penalty of death PALES IN COMPARISON to an eternal separation from God in Hell. Strange that you missed this, it should cause you to repent, go to an Apostolic church, be baptized PROPERLY, In Jesus Name not “Father Son or Holy Ghost” which are “titles” and not names and which only serve to show your confusion about the Nature of Christ as God manifest in the Flesh (John 1:1-3, 14) AND they will “tarry” or wait and pray with you until Jesus changes your language, then and only then, will you lift the veil that is clouding your understanding.

Soothsayer on January 28, 2007 at 6:22 PM

Soothsayer on January 28, 2007 at 6:22 PM

Thanks for straightning me out, I am honored to be judged by such a person as you. You obviously know me better than Christ does. How fortunate that you know more than the Holy Spirit. Why do we need a god, when we have you? No offense, but I will only allow God to judge me, certainly not someone who has only see a few hundred words on a blog.
However, you apparently overlooked this part of the quote from the bible, so let me re-write it for you.

“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, … false testimony, slander. These are what make a man ‘unclean…”

BTW, we will let God dole out the punishment, you are just along for the ride.

right2bright on January 28, 2007 at 6:46 PM

Yay. Criticism of our nation, of our President, starts at the shoreline.

Clinton, Carter, Kerry. All of them. Loyalty has no meaning. Democrats are loyal to their party alone.

spmat on January 28, 2007 at 7:36 PM


You are correct in your “interpretation.” Jesus is our judge or advocate to the father, God. The reason is that he spent 30 + years on earth as a physical man. He knew what it was for man to suffer, sin or be righteous. You are also right in that the “Old Testament” has been nailed to the cross and a “New Testament” is now in place to show us how to live our lives. The Old Testament is great for history and learning how we sin — the New Testament shows us how we overcome our sins. A New testament occurs at the death of the testator. Jesus Christ is the New Testament.

Neocon Peg on January 28, 2007 at 8:35 PM

Steyn on Kerry from Sep 04. Classic:

…..”If it weren’t for the small matter of the war for civilization, I’d find it hard to resist a Kerry presidency. Groucho Marx once observed that an audience will laugh at an actress playing an old lady pretending to fall downstairs, but for a professional comic to laugh, it has to be a real old lady. That’s how I feel about the Kerry campaign. For the professional political analyst, watching Mondale or Dukakis or Howard Dean stuck in the part of the guy who falls downstairs is never very satisfying: They’re average, unexceptional fellows whom circumstances have conspired to transform into walking disasters. But Senator Kerry was made for the role: a vain thin-skinned droning blueblood with an indestructible sense of his own status but none at all of his own ridiculousness. If Karl Rove had labored for a decade to produce a walking parody of the contemporary Democratic party’s remoteness, condescension, sense of entitlement, public evasiveness, and tortured relationship with military matters, he couldn’t have improved on John F. Kerry.”

sbvft contributor on January 28, 2007 at 8:49 PM

STAY in Switzerland, Lurch, you ineffable sphincter.

mojo on January 28, 2007 at 8:53 PM

sbvft, what a jewel you shared! Thank you!

Entelechy on January 28, 2007 at 10:40 PM

He looks so…so…FRENCH up there with those wee little sewer rats.

seejanemom on January 29, 2007 at 8:54 AM

Don’t get mad. Give him rope. He’ll hang himself and hopefully the whole party. Worse case, once gas prices go thru the roof he’ll have to start carpooling with Teddy. That’ll be his demise.

Griz on January 29, 2007 at 10:01 AM

Neocon Peg,
Thank you for eloquently and graciously putting things into perspective. I envy your brevity.

oledawg on January 29, 2007 at 3:10 PM