Ron Chusid of Liberal Values tells the story in the title: “Kerry Unleashed: US a Pariah Nation Under Bush; Authoritarian Right Upset.”
Speaking in Davos, Kerry spoke out against a major problem of the Bush foreign policy, that the United States has become â€œa sort of international pariah.â€ …
… Needless to say, the authoritarian right, who would lead this country to disaster before admitting that their leader is in error, is outraged. Little Green
FascistsFootballs calls this â€œappalling blast at his own country,â€ having no understanding of the difference between oneâ€™s country and its leaders when wrongâ€“a common trait among authoritarians.
The correction to the name Little Green Footballs is in Ron Chusid’s post. I’m glad he made it clear that this nonsense didn’t come from Little Green Fascists, which is a perfectly respectable blog.
The wingnuts can’t disprove anything Kerry said about Bush, of course; they’re just outraged he said it.
Along these lines, this was on the Guardian blog page a couple of days ago:
George Bush might have just given his state of the union address but here in Davos he’s definitely a lame duck.
One clue lies in the fact that no senior figures from the US administration are coming. In other circumstances that might be thought a snub to a meeting which aims to gather the world’s most powerful business and political leaders. But now it is just a recognition of reality. Power is shifting elsewhere and the conference organisers seem happy to acknowledge it.
There’s still lots of interest in the US, of course. Hillary Clinton, I am promised, isn’t coming – though don’t rule out a surprise. Her husband loves the place. The conference tried to persuade Barack Obama to show up, but he, too, is apparently too deep in his campaign on the otherside of the Atlantic to find the time. Maybe next year?
Still, John Kerry is coming and so is John McCain, who’s routinely described as the Republican frontrunner.
In the meantime, most people here seem to think of President Bush’s time in office as a mistake the world would do best to forget. There was even a small cheer at a session just now when a senior US business leader pointed out, with a smile, that he’ll be gone in two years. Amen to that.
See also “They’re broken men, so don’t let them take us to a new war” by Henry Porter.