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
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.
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.