CBS/AP) Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry slammed the foreign policy of the Bush administration on Saturday, saying it has caused the United States to become “a sort of international pariah.”
The statement came as the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee responded to a question today at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where the tumult in Iraq and the Middle East took center stage.
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.
Everything that Senator Kerry said was true and who did he say it front of? Former President of Iran Mohammad Khatami. After which Khatami probably rolled his eyes and told himself that if he ever said something that was not approved by the ruling council of Iran he’d have hell to pay. Khatami will never admit it of course, but he secretly admires the that American politicians and the American people have the right to speak out against their leaders and their leaders disastrous policies. Well we have some freedom, now Senator Kerry has the pleasure of being lynched by the rabid right-wingers of the internet.
From Nixon and Kissinger and their handling of Vietnam to Reagan-Poindexter-North and the whole Iran-Contra fiasco that reads like a bad political thriller where the bad guys get there’s at the end rather then cushy jobs and retirement benefits conservatives have betrayed America at every turn. Now in a choice between supporting Senator John Kerry and supporting Iran they have decided to support Iran. They think that war hero and terrorists fighter Senator Kerry should act like a good little Iranian mouthpiece and simply parrot the official political line of the prep school frat boy in the Whitehouse, Bush the current leader of America’s very own unthinking cult of authority deserves unquestioned obedience kust like Iranian leaders expect of their representatives. Its just another day for the Right. Get up, put on jack-boots and find a good American to demonize. That their leader lied us into a war goes unquestioned. That the pathological liar George Bush didn’t connect the dots when it came to winning the peace once we were in Iraq and assigned rebuilding efforts to political cronies goes without remark – when will the self-righteous hypocrites of the Right acknowledge all the American deaths caused by Bush’s negligence..
Last weekend, the Philadelphia Inquirer revealed that Gingrich has been using his health care think tank to promote the business interests of one of its corporate backers. [Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/21/07] Later in the week, the Washington Post reported that Gingrich’s new 527 group, American Solutions for Winning the Future, took a $1 million contribution from casino CEO Sheldon Adelson, a long-time donor to the Republican Party. Adelson’s contribution “dwarfed” all other checks to the group, which totaled just $60,000. [Washington Post, 1/23/07] Finally, Fortune magazine noted that Gingrich’s post-Congressional career is “making him rich” as he travels the country collecting “lecture fees of $50,000 a speech, at the rate of about 60 [speeches] per year.” [Fortune, 1/22/07]
“Given the huge speaking fees he draws and the shadowy network of financing for his think tanks and non-profit groups, Newt Gingrich should start tomorrow’s speech with a disclaimer,” said Democratic National Committee spokesman Damien LaVera. “After all, Gingrich’s audiences have a right to know whose ideas he’s shilling, so they can see that he’s just another overpaid pundit trying to attract bigger contracts.”
From Speaker to Shill in Just Eight Years
— Newt’s Corporate Speaking Fees, Think Tank “Making Him Rich.”
“Eight years after stepping down as House Speaker, Gingrich runs a for- profit think tank, the Center for Health Transformation, that promotes his ideas while ensuring a handsome living for the former public servant. [T]he center offers policy ideas to companies that want to get health-care costs off their backs but oppose government-imposed, universal-health-insurance plans as costly and burdensome. The center’s roster of 75 clients is impressive, including insurers Blue Cross & Blue Shield and GE Healthcare, providers like the American Hospital Association, and employers like GM and Ford. Clients pay fees ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 a year. Along with lecture fees of $50,000 a speech, at the rate of about 60 per year, Mr. Speaker’s new career is making him rich.” [Fortune, 1/22/07]
— Gingrich Using Health Care Think Tank to Shill for Corporate Backers.
The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted Gingrich’s use of his health care think tank to promote the business interests of one of its corporate backers. Through his Center for Health Transformation, Gingrich has been calling for the creation of a national electronic medical network that would, in his words, contain an “electronic health record for every person” that would “start with prenatal care and end with analytics after you passed away.” As the Inquirer pointed out, the center is backed by Siemens, who has been “trying to boost its presence in the electronic-medical-record market.” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/21/07]
— Newt Took $1 Million Check from Casino Exec. for 527 Group.
According to the Washington Post Gingrich’s new 527 group, American Solutions for Winning the Future, took a $1 million contribution from casino CEO Sheldon Adelson last November. A long-time Republican donor, Adelson’s contribution “dwarfed” all other checks to the group, which totaled just $60,000. Despite Gingrich’s claim of bipartisanship, the group “is clearly courting conservatives” by proposing “private savings accounts for
Social Security, ‘patriotic education’ in public schools and the appointment of judges who understand the ‘centrality of God in American history.'” “Kent Cooper, a former
Federal Election Commission official, said: ‘A check of this size could either bankroll the start of a new organization or underwrite the exploration, traveling and contacts of a potential presidential candidate.’ Adelson’s check underscores the uncomfortable position that Republicans face on the issue of gambling. The party rose to power under Gingrich in the early 1990s on the strength of social and religious conservatives, and many of the latter oppose gambling on moral grounds. ‘The problem is the income comes from what we call a vice, and that is an issue,’ said the Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, chairman of the
Traditional Values Coalition, which has long been a powerful voice on social issues inside the GOP.” [Washington Post, 1/23/07]
Yep its just another day of conservatives wrapping their stinking rot that passes for patriotism in the flag.