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The Ugly American (John Kerry)
RealClearPolitics ^ | Februrary 1, 2007 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 01/31/2007 9:56:47 PM PST by RWR8189

Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic candidate for president, is at it again with another rude gaffe, this one providing an unintended glimpse of the way many contemporary cosmopolitan elites characterize their homeland when abroad.

In the past, Kerry has said that our soldiers were "terrorizing" Iraqi civilians in their homes. He has also warned that uneducated Americans "get stuck in Iraq" -- a supposedly botched joke. Now, he assures an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the United States is a "sort of international pariah."

Kerry, who appeared on stage in Davos this past weekend with former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, also proclaimed, "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 could learn a few simple rules of etiquette that should guide the "message" of all high American officials when abroad:

Tell the Whole Truth Without Posturing or Spinning

Kerry was clearly directing his criticism at the Bush administration, but the Kyoto Protocol, the international climate treaty, was first rejected by the U.S. in 1997. Ten years ago, President Clinton wisely chose not to refer the treaty to the Senate. Even that was not enough for outraged senators, who went ahead anyway to vote 95-0 to oppose any international agreement on climate control like Kyoto in which China, India and other developing countries would remain exempt. Kerry himself cast one of these votes -- an ironic example of what Kerry now calls "duplicity and hypocrisy."

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1 posted on 01/31/2007 9:56:48 PM PST by RWR8189
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To: RWR8189

The most appalling part of all this is the number of people in this country who actually voted for him for President! He's an international embarrassment.


2 posted on 01/31/2007 10:09:00 PM PST by originalbuckeye (I want a hero....I'm holding out for a hero (politically!))
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To: RWR8189

Lurch will always be remembered for what he is, and not what he ment to say.


3 posted on 01/31/2007 10:11:02 PM PST by o_zarkman44
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To: RWR8189
"The Kyoto Treaty was flawed. I was in Kyoto and I was part of that. ... "[The Kyoto agreement] doesn't ask enough of developing nations, the nations that are going to be producing much greater emissions and which we need to get on the right course now through technology transfer."
-John Kerry - THEN

""When we walk away from global warming, Kyoto ...we set a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy."
John Kerry - Now

Well, if there is anyone who ought to know about duplicity and hypocrisy...
4 posted on 01/31/2007 10:13:00 PM PST by CheyennePress
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To: RWR8189
Was Frenchy in Vietnam ??
5 posted on 01/31/2007 10:17:03 PM PST by Rabble
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To: RWR8189

VDH, why waste ink on Kerry? Really.


6 posted on 01/31/2007 10:21:38 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: RWR8189

Once a traitor, always a traitor.


7 posted on 01/31/2007 10:24:12 PM PST by stumpy
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To: RWR8189

save


8 posted on 01/31/2007 10:26:46 PM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: RWR8189
My favorite ugly American.


9 posted on 01/31/2007 11:28:52 PM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: RWR8189

I've run out of words to describe him, now only can say how I feel when I see or hear his name! I want to PUKE!


10 posted on 01/31/2007 11:48:44 PM PST by blondee123
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To: blondee123

Pass the Pepto Bismol..


11 posted on 01/31/2007 11:53:46 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: originalbuckeye

Scary isn't it!


12 posted on 01/31/2007 11:54:54 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: stainlessbanner
VDH, why waste ink on Kerry? Really.

I know what you mean, the man is hardly worth the ink it will take to write his obituary. Yet we know that the left, possessed as it is with virtual control of the establishment media, has ink enough to refloat his reputation. Indeed, it is the left that generally writes the history and the Arthur Schlesingers of the world always write it with one eye on the future. We have already seen how our truly courageous Swift Boat Veterans have been denigrated until it has become commonly accepted that John Kerry was "Swift Boated" by a scurrilous band of hacks determined to destroy the reputation of an authentic hero to serve Republican ambitions.

Churchill once said "I am confident that history will be kind to me because I am going to write it"-or words to that effect. If we let the Libs write history it will not be kind to us.

It is not enough that these vampires be killed, they must have a stake driven through their hearts.


13 posted on 01/31/2007 11:55:55 PM PST by nathanbedford ("I like to legislate. I feel I've done a lot of good." Sen. Robert Byrd)
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To: RWR8189

So it was a 95-0 Senate vote against the Kyoto treaty. Seems to me that Kerry has only two ways to spin this. Either he comes clean and admits he was one of the 95 voting against, or he was the "Zero" that voted for it.


14 posted on 02/01/2007 12:05:17 AM PST by guitfiddlist (When the 'Rats break out switchblades, it's no time to invoke Robert's Rules.)
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To: Fitzcarraldo
My favorite ugly American.

Do you really like Teddy Roosevelt? A lot of people here seem to. I can't imagine why. I studied him a few years back and came away hating his guts.
15 posted on 02/01/2007 12:10:01 AM PST by Jaysun (I've never paid for sex in my life. And that's really pissed off a lot of prostitutes.)
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To: CheyennePress
"I'm a dork!"


16 posted on 02/01/2007 12:13:30 AM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: guitfiddlist

That was one fine post.

There is another alternative. John Kerry has two (at a minimum) minds. He even told us so when he said he was for one bill before he was against it. We may logically conclude he is both for and against Kyoto.

I have no words to describe how extremely glad I am he is not creating international incidents three times a day as the president of my country.


17 posted on 02/01/2007 12:17:02 AM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM
Has anyone noticed the last name initials of the similarly bad Democrat choices for president starting with K enedy, Johnson, Humphrey, McGovern, Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Cinton, Kerry, Possibly Clinton again. The worst one all have either K or C as their surname initial.
18 posted on 02/01/2007 12:26:47 AM PST by rock58seg (NO McCAIN, NO STAIN, NO PAIN, ONLY GAIN)
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To: GretchenM

"There is another alternative. John Kerry has two (at a minimum) minds."



BI-poler, tri, quad?! that's scarry... he should get treatment immediately!


19 posted on 02/01/2007 12:38:40 AM PST by MrJapan
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To: GretchenM; All
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20 posted on 02/01/2007 12:39:59 AM PST by musicman
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To: originalbuckeye
....He's an international embarrassment.

He's also a national disgrace, he's just too stupid and full of himself to know it.

21 posted on 02/01/2007 12:51:07 AM PST by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: Jaysun
"After William McKinley was assassinated in 1901, Roosevelt became our 26th President. America's natural resources were threatened. Species like the bison and beaver were disappearing; others were extinct. Soil fertility was low and about four-fifths of prime forests had been cut. Roosevelt expressed concern: " ..the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have been...washed into the streams, polluting our rivers .... " To emphasize his views, this fiery speaker once threw away a prepared speech and roared, "I hate a man who would skin the land!" His leadership changed public perception that America's natural resources were inexhaustible."


22 posted on 02/01/2007 12:59:52 AM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: GretchenM
I have no words to describe how extremely glad I am he is not creating international incidents three times a day as the president of my country.

Or nominating any Supreme Court Justices, for God's sake.

We really dodged a bullet to the heart of America with that one.

23 posted on 02/01/2007 1:02:26 AM PST by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: rock58seg
...except Obama, his middle name is Hussein. Are we, as a nation, really ready for that?
24 posted on 02/01/2007 1:02:58 AM PST by singfreedom ("Victory at all costs,.......for without victory there is no survival."--Churchill--that's "Winston")
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To: o_zarkman44
I think in my time following politics there has never been someone who let has mouth write checks his mind hasn't endorsed more than Kerry.
I really think he likes to hear himself orate and is so dumb that he can't imagine anything stupid coming out of his mouth. He is the "Ted Baxter" of politics.
25 posted on 02/01/2007 3:26:00 AM PST by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: RWR8189

Another HypoCrat


26 posted on 02/01/2007 4:04:44 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Rabble
"Was Frenchy in Vietnam ??

well, not really. He hid in a boat at the mouth of a river for a couple months, cut himself a few times faked a few purple hearts and John Fraud Kerry'd himself back Stateside.

27 posted on 02/01/2007 4:26:27 AM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: RWR8189

Perhaps jon carry is planning on touring with the Dixie Chicks sometime soon!


28 posted on 02/01/2007 4:54:07 AM PST by OldFriend (Swiftboating - Sinking a politician's Ship of Fools by Torpedoes of Truth)
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To: CheyennePress

Since the sense of the senate vote on the Kyoto Treaty was unanimously NO.........I fail to see why no one is pointing out the hypocracy of all this blathering now.


29 posted on 02/01/2007 4:55:33 AM PST by OldFriend (Swiftboating - Sinking a politician's Ship of Fools by Torpedoes of Truth)
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To: RWR8189

If anything, he is over qualified.


30 posted on 02/01/2007 5:22:21 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: RWR8189
The Left is ugly because at their core, they hate America. John F. Kerry has hated America ever since he left Vietnam. His denunciations of his country and its place in history haven't changed since he smeared his own troops at the infamous Senate committee hearing in 1971. This is who these people really are when they take off their "moderate" mask that they wear to win elections in this country.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

31 posted on 02/01/2007 5:37:55 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: RWR8189; Tolik
intellectual laziness

That and a smug sense of entitlement pretty much says it all about John F'uggly Kerry.

32 posted on 02/01/2007 5:56:36 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: RWR8189; neverdem; Lando Lincoln; quidnunc; .cnI redruM; SJackson; dennisw; monkeyshine; ...

...What then drives John Kerry to say such ugly things?

Kerry must still hurt over his recent loss to the supposedly less sophisticated George Bush. And he and other leftist elites apparently must remind their kindred European counterparts that there are still refined Americans like themselves who are not flag-waving Christians from Texas.

But, mostly, it is intellectual laziness. It is always easier to cite America's flaws to applause than to take the time to explain the nature of its rare morality to catcalls. In truth, the United States has never been richer or more generous. Its military is preeminent, protects vulnerable allies and fights extremism worldwide. Immigrants risk their lives to reach our shores.

But we are in a deep spiritual crisis when a recent candidate for our presidency either cannot, or will not, patiently explain that to the world. Instead, Sen. Kerry, the new ugly American abroad, glibly misleads a global audience that his own America is a "pariah" -- a verdict that is as embarrassing to us as it is stupid for him.



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33 posted on 02/01/2007 6:36:50 AM PST by Tolik
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BTTT

Wake up Massachusetts.

And to those who voted for this idiot in '04, I hope you've learned SOMETHING! Thanking my lucky stars that the majority didn't let this utter travesty come to pass.


34 posted on 02/01/2007 6:39:20 AM PST by SueRae
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To: guitfiddlist
So it was a 95-0 Senate vote against the Kyoto treaty. Seems to me that Kerry has only two ways to spin this. Either he comes clean and admits he was one of the 95 voting against, or he was the "Zero" that voted for it.



35 posted on 02/01/2007 6:43:41 AM PST by Tolik
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To: metesky

Thanks for the heads up!


36 posted on 02/01/2007 6:44:48 AM PST by Tolik
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To: RWR8189

*Bump*


37 posted on 02/01/2007 6:49:31 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: originalbuckeye

Not a day goes by that I don't thank God for the bullet I dodged, for the bullet the nation dodged when this traitor was defeated.

Hopefully, some day, dictionaries everywhere will say:

phony (fony) adj. see John Kerry


38 posted on 02/01/2007 6:49:40 AM PST by at bay ("We actually did an evil....." Eric Schmidt, CEO Google)
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To: RWR8189

Thanks all of you Swift Boaters!


39 posted on 02/01/2007 7:00:27 AM PST by mort56
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To: blondee123

I suppose it would be too much to assume that this woman was crying because she realizes how close she came to electing that idiot?

40 posted on 02/01/2007 7:01:33 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.)
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To: rock58seg

Nice try, but McGovern was far worse than Carter and Klinton. Thank God he was not elected.


41 posted on 02/01/2007 7:05:14 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: OldFriend

sKerry's monotone voice is perfect for rap. Call him snoop jonnie jon.


42 posted on 02/01/2007 7:17:26 AM PST by o_zarkman44
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To: Tolik

But then theres always the "if we knew then what we know now" spin.

The intelligence on global warming wasn't accurate or we were misled and some scientists lied, would be skerrys take on why he voted against before he would now vote for Kyoto.


43 posted on 02/01/2007 7:22:37 AM PST by o_zarkman44
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To: Tolik

Tell the Whole Truth Without Posturing or Spinning

If he were to do this he'd never say anything...not that that is a bad thing.
OTOH Stupid people have the right to make themselves heard.


44 posted on 02/01/2007 7:43:20 AM PST by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

I agree. McGovern would have made the worst president in American history. He would have even been worse than Carol Moseley Braun, in my opinion. Perhaps if he ran today a dumbed down electorate and a little cheating here and there would take him to the white house.


45 posted on 02/01/2007 7:47:49 AM PST by badgerlandjim (Hillary Clinton is to politics as Helen Thomas is to beauty)
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To: Rabble

And Cambodia. It's SEARED in his memory!


46 posted on 02/01/2007 8:05:40 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: RWR8189
Well, John Kerry, stop taking our "pariah" tax money, you pampered big mouth loose lipped moron.
47 posted on 02/01/2007 8:19:31 AM PST by harpo11 (If Hillary Could Handle Evil Men, then She Could Have Controlled Her Husband, Hence No Ken Starr)
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To: blondee123

"I've run out of words to describe him, now only can say how I feel when I see or hear his name! I want to PUKE!"

ME, TOO! Junky, industrial strength puke!


48 posted on 02/01/2007 8:21:08 AM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: RWR8189
Kerry has said that our soldiers were "terrorizing" Iraqi civilians in their homes. He has also warned that uneducated Americans "get stuck in Iraq" -- a supposedly botched joke. Now, he assures an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the United States is a "sort of international pariah."

I would say Kerry's lower than pond scum, but would be unfair to pond scum...

49 posted on 02/01/2007 8:53:16 AM PST by GOPJ (Inferior teachers -- an unintended consequence of social equality for women.)
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To: Tolik
Kerry's criticisms are hauntingly similar to al-Qaida's own talking points...

From a distance it looks like, "birds of a feather".

50 posted on 02/01/2007 8:55:44 AM PST by GOPJ (Inferior teachers -- an unintended consequence of social equality for women.)
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