Skip to comments.The Real Al Gore (An attack from the left!)
Posted on 10/20/2007 1:20:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Line up some of the more notorious Nobel Peace Prize recipients, such as Kissinger, and if you had to identify the biggest killer of all it was probably Norman Borlaug, one of the architects of the Green Revolution, which unleashed displacement, malnutrition and death across the Third World. If the Kyoto Accords were ever implemented, and they never will be, the net impact on greenhouse gases--99.72 percent of them natural in origin--would be imperceptible, but the devastation to Third World economies and life expectancies would rival that caused by Borlaug's seed strains.
Already the hysteria about anthropogenic global warming stoked by Al Gore and the Big Lie gang writing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's press releases has done enormous damage to vital environmental cleanup, sidetracking attention and money from work on sewers, toxic waste sites, filthy smokestacks--not to mention the vast disaster of agricultural pollution. Two other consequences of the hysteria will be deadly. Biofuels will steal the meals of the Third World poor and put them in First World gas tanks. Nuclear power is the hysteria's prime beneficiary. As Peter Montague describes it in our current CounterPunch newsletter, "The long-awaited and much-advertised 'nuclear renaissance' actually got under way this fall." NRG Energy, a New Jersey company, applied for a license to build two nuclear power plants in Bay City, Texas--the first formal application for such a license in thirty years.
NRG can confidently await the green light for two reasons. Using the fakery over the supposed effects of man-made greenhouse gases from fossil fuels, the nuclear industry successfully lobbied to pass the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which provides four different kinds of subsidies for atomic power plants. The other shoe promptly dropped with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's sweeping revision of its procedures, drastically attenuating the approval process for new plants. As nuclear plants start to sprout like toadstools across the landscape, it is certainly appropriate to lay a large measure of the blame on Al Gore, who has been a shill for the nuclear industry ever since he came of age as a political harlot for the Oak Ridge Nuclear Laboratory in his home state of Tennessee.
For a Man of Peace, Gore has plenty of blood on his CV. Looking back through the 1980s, we find that on every relevant issue, whether it was supporting the contras or Reagan's bombing of Libya in 1986, shilling for the Pentagon's latest weapons systems, voting for nerve gas or backing the Reagan/Bush position on NATO deployments in Europe, Gore's hawkishness was unflagging. In the course of his career he voted for the neutron bomb, the B-2 bomber, the Trident II missile, the MX missile and the Midgetman. He also backed the mini-Star Wars plan. The defense contractors always loved Al, the same way the nuclear plant manufacturers do today.
When it came to Bush Senior's attack on Iraq, Gore's antics astounded even his hardened colleagues in the Senate as they debated the war resolution. Of course he had long since decided to vote aye on war, having been a hardliner on Iraq since 1988. But on January 12, 1991, he spun out his supposed travails in coming to this decision in prime-time posturing, speaking of his "heavy burden of conscience" and the lonely weeks "questioning, probing, searching for the truth." Saddam, he proclaimed, "has more troops than Hitler did in the early years of World War II." In the New York Times he wrote, "We can no more look forward to a constructive long-term relationship with Saddam Hussein than we could hope to housebreak a cobra" and that the Iraqi dictator is not "an acceptable part of the landscape."
In Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign Gore was told to earn his keep with constant pummeling of George Bush Senior for having been soft on Saddam. Gore duly crisscrossed the country yoking Saddam and Bush in fervid denunciation. "The cover-up of Bush's arming of Saddam was," Gore shouted, "bigger than Watergate ever was."
In January 1993 Vice President-elect Gore announced that there could never be normal relations with Iraq so long as Saddam remained in power. He reiterated the call for a coup, if not by the Iraqi military then by the CIA. Vice President Gore was then given authority in the Clinton Administration for Iraq policy. In this capacity he presided over the sanctions that led to the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, many of them children. The mid-1990s saw Gore as a major voice urging NATO's bombing of the Serbs. In his 2000 presidential campaign he publicly distanced himself from the Clinton Administration on Iraq policy, reiterating that Saddam had to fall and pledging support for Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress.
On May 27, 2000, Gore laid out his foreign policy and military strategy in a commencement speech at West Point. It was a neocon manifesto. He said he would pursue a more robust form of Clintonism, highlighted by quicker interventions, less diplomacy and more firepower against the "rogue states...that represent the emerging threat to our country." He called this approach "forward engagement," a phrase redolent of his fellow Peace Prize winner Kissinger's "constructive engagement," which meant backing brutes like Suharto, Somoza and Pinochet.
Gore also denounced George W. Bush's recent call for deep cuts in the US nuclear arsenal, cuts that Bush said the United States should consider making on its own. "Nuclear unilateralism will hinder, rather than help, arms control," Gore said. "Reductions alone don't guarantee stability.... If you're not careful, you could have a reduction of missiles and a more dangerous world."
Spoken like a Peace Prize winner!
I love the smell of leftists attacking each other in the morning!
That's quite a statement
My goodness, I didn’t realize what a wonderful guy Algore is.
The attack on Norman Borlaug ID’s this guy as a genuine kook.
But I don’t mind that he, kook that he is, actually uses a decent argument to dump on Gore.
Setting aside the imagery — biofuel from foodstock is a bad idea. Food prices have already begun to rise.
Hitchens is so funny.
Gore’s scared to death to run against Hillary, he wasn’t just a Green Prophet for some on the left, they really wanted him to run, and he won’t.
My guess is his green revolution led to economies of scale in agriculture in other parts of the world causing subsistance farmer to be force off their plots? I looked in wikipedia and the main controversy they mentioned was fertilizing and genetic engineering.
Remember the Ludites of the left are generally against us living better lives. In that respect algore is in a long leftist tradition and Hitchens is out of step.
I don’t think he will either.. but I think this writer is trying to sway the Gore supporters away, to Hillary? Obama? Kucinich?..
Wow! Moonbat on moonbat! Almost better than a hot girlfight! ;)
Some of the deep ecologists are perfectly happy with mass starvation, as it is one of nature’s ways of keeping human numbers in check. The green revolution has saved scores of millions from starvation. That makes Norman Borlaug and his bioscience compatriots villains in some green eyes.
Wow! If I had known this about Al Gore I would’ve voted for him in 2000!
That's why his name is "Gore".
Get a GRIP, you phony intellectuals on the Left. Nothing much is going to please you, so ANY action by anyubody that happens to be slightly too bold, or maybe could make an honest dollar for anybody, is to be condemmed immediately. Take this almost dogmatic resistance to use of nuclear power for ANY purpose, because some long-lived (or even short-lived) isotope may be generated that could (COULD!) cause a toad to develop a second set of back legs.
Therefore, in the one-eyed logic that apparently is the only tool used for investigation of any problem, anything that causes a toad to develop a second set of back legs is by definition radioactive in nature, and must be avoided at all costs.
Technology is supprisingly good at containing and taking advantage of almost every problem that develops from earlier technological advances, but this mindset never wants to find out if that can be done, and by gosh, nobody had better never make a nickel for solving that kind of problem, that is purely unethical, by their definition.
Not that Al Gore would EVER use highly refined and free-ranging technology to solve any of the current set of problems now facing the world. Gore's model is to a) raise taxes; and b) regulate the "source" of the problem out of existence; all the while c) preaching that this is for the "common good".
Like ANY liberal has a notion what the "common good" really is. Supposedly based in the "popular mandate", liberals immediately attack the majority when the numbers are decidedly against them, because they are somehow "wrong", an intellectual fallacy, as they are "evolved" human beings and are obviously so much smarter than those yahoos who disagree with them.
Projection is such an ugly trait when seen in others.
The guy is right. Algore and The Global Warmers have firmly placed warming, which is not man-caused, and about which we can do nothing ... in first place over pollution ... about which we can do a lot!
>Nuclear power is the hysteria's prime beneficiary
Now that's good thing.
He probably means that the increased food production allowed more people to live and have more children thereby spreading misery (his opinion not mine) in the third world. Just a guess on my part