Krauthammer Is Warped
We all knew that, but his latest column just reinforces that knowledge:
In an article in The Wall Street Journal, Jean-Marie Colombani, who wrote the famous Sept. 12, 2001, Le Monde editorial titled ``We are all Americans,'' gives us the usual more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger lament about America's sins: We loved you on Sept. 11. We were all with you in Afghanistan. But, oh, what have you done in Iraq?
This requires some parsing. We loved you on Sept. 11 means: We like Americans when they are victims, on their knees and bleeding. We just don't like it when they get off the floor -- without checking with us first.
Okay, if by "parsing" you mean "drastic misinterpretation." How on earth can he take the statement of solidarity (a solidarity the Bush administration has been relentless in squandering pointlessly) and twist it into anti-Americanism? This is the epitome of the right-wing American paranoia that flows so effulgently from right-wing American arrogance.
He goes on, later in the column:
It is not John Kerry's fault that he is endorsed by a Frenchman. (Or by Kim Jong Il of North Korea, whose media have been running some of Kerry's speeches verbatim!) But Kerry has made the major -- indeed, only discernible -- theme of his foreign policy ``rejoining the community of nations'' and being liked abroad once again.
Which is why he does not just court foreign support, he boasts about it. ``I've met foreign leaders, who can't go out and say this publicly,'' he told a Hollywood, Fla., fund-raiser, ``but boy they look at you and say, `You gotta win this one, you gotta beat this guy.'''
For the world. For France.
Only a committed neocon could possibly argue that wanting to be a respected and responsible member of the international community is a bad thing.
Oh, and one other thing he notes:
Only an ignoramus oblivious to what is happening in American politics could prefer Kerry over Bush on grounds of free trade. Has no one told Colombani that the Democrats have made protectionism -- attacking everything from NAFTA to the WTO -- a theme of this campaign, radically reversing the Clinton policies of the 1990s?
First of all, there is the blatant contradiction. Kerry's only foreign policy is to want to rejoin the international community, but his policies are all bound to anger the world, unlike Bush's? Nonsensical. Further, if the United States Democratic party truly opposed the present workings of NAFTA and the WTO, I would be delighted. But it just is not so.