At a press conference in Vienna on Wednesday, a questioner asked President Bush, "Most Europeans consider the United States the biggest threat to global stability. Do you have any regrets about that?" Could that man with a British accent actually have been a DNC plant?
Of course, I don't believe DNC Chairman Howard Dean really put him up to the question. I don't think Dean was there. He was back in the United States collaborating with his party leaders to write lyrics for the very same songbook.
For years, Democrats have charged that President Bush has employed an arrogant approach to foreign policy and alienated our European allies. They denounced him for refusing to endorse the Kyoto climate change treaty and the International Criminal Court. They shuddered with horror when he designated Iraq, Iran and North Korea as an "axis of evil." They said he acted unilaterally on Iraq. They said he hasn't been deferential enough toward the United Nations. They said his cowboy approach to the war on terror was creating more terrorists than it was capturing or killing.
Former President Clinton snuggled up to the America-bashers at a global conference in Montreal last December, telling them Bush was "flat wrong" that signing on to the Kyoto treaty would damage the U.S. economy. An appreciative attendee, Kenya's Emily Ojoo Massawa, chair of the African group of nations at the conference, said, "It's such a pity the United States is still very much unwilling to join the international community, to have a multilateral effort to deal with climate change." Obviously, the Democrats' talking points memo on Bush's "unilateralism" made its way to Kenya.
Howard Dean, during his 15 minutes of presidential contender fame in 2003, slammed President Bush for his "go-it-alone approach to every problem," his "radical unilateralism" and his "brash boastfulness." Bush, said Dean, has "created a new rallying cry for terrorist recruits." As if auditioning for a role as questioner in the 2006 press conference in Vienna, Dean said, "We find ourselves, too often, isolated and resented." The Bush administration, said Dean, "seem[s] to believe that nothing can be gained from working with nations that have stood by our side as allies for generations."