Thursday, January 27, 2005

Condi, George, and Tony

John Ray uses his scalpel and skewers The New Republic in their attempt to equate Condoleeza Rice's Congressional testimony with a Stalinist worldview, noting

"So Condi makes the perfectly simple and commonsense point that it is the sum of the decisions that matters -- nobody gets it right all the time -- and that is somehow twisted into a claim that the end justifies the means! Pathetic."

Meanwhile, the deeply disturbed and disturbing megalomaniac George Soros has re-surfaced, trying to find fault with Bush's inaugural speech, and tying himself in knots as he tries to separate Bush and America from the concept of freedom:

"A better understanding of the concept of open society requires that promoting freedom and democracy and promoting American values and interests be distinguished. If it is freedom and democracy that are wanted, they can be fostered only by strengthening international law and international institutions."

Yup. If the Sudan was only given the Chair of the Human Rights Commission earlier, all would be well in the world.

". . . the most successful open society in the world, the United States, does not properly understand the first principles of an open society; indeed, its current leadership actively disavows them. The concept of open society is based on the recognition that nobody possesses the ultimate truth. To claim otherwise leads to repression. In short, we may be wrong."

We're the freest country on earth, but we don't understand the principles of democracy, because to understand the principles of freedom and democracy is to realize that they may not lead to freedom and democracy, but they may lead to repression. Or something like that.

And finally, Tony Blair is bleating about Global Warming, semi-acknowledging that the catastrophe theory is not definitively proven:

"The majority is not always right. But they (the proponents) deserve to be listened to."

He's coming along. The Kyoto backtracking and backfilling continues:

"We need to send a clear signal that whilst we continue to analyze science ... we are united in moving in the direction of greenhouse gas reductions," said Blair.

Being "united" and cavalierly imposing CO2 caps that would cost the U.S. between $275-394 billion are definitely two different things. And, to Blair's credit, I think he's given up on the Kyoto ghost.