Sunday, February 4, 2007

More Flip-Flops than a House of Pancakes

At the Davos economic summit this past week, former Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator John Kerry announced that America is an "international pariah". Senator Kerry believes that the United States's refusal to sign the Kyoto Treaty and its lackluster campaign against the spread of HIV/AIDS has harmed its image and led to it being an outcast. The Washington Times astutely pointed out several aspects of John Kerry's hypocrisy.

First, President Bush was not the first politician to reject the Kyoto global warming treaty, which would cap carbon emissions and institute a carbon trading system among developed countries such as the United States. But as the New York Times pointed out last month, Chinese emission will surpass those of the United States by the year 2009. However, the Kyoto Treaty would not cap the carbon emissions of developing countries such as China and India. In fact, President Clinton first saw the futility of the Treaty when he refused to submit it to Congress in 1997. In addition, the Senate voted unanimously to reject the treaty. One of the Senators who voted against the Kyoto Treaty was none other than John Kerry.

As for fighting AIDS, "Mr. Kerry's criticisms are hauntingly similar to al Qaeda's own talking points." The Bush administration has devoted three times the capital to fighting AIDS overseas than the Clinton administration did during the 1990s. And yet, Senator Kerry joins with Al Qaeda in blaming the US (and the Bush administration) rather than applauding its devotion to halting this disease's spread.

John Kerry still hasn't learned his lesson from the 2004 Presidential campaign. Some political analysts have suggested that the Bush campaign's characterization of John Kerry as a "flip flopper" was merely political rhetoric. Events since Kerry's failed Presidential bid reveal the truth behind this characterization.

Levi W. Swank

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