How They Want To Take Us Down II
By Edward I. Koch
I may be old fashioned, but I think it's wrong to publicly attack and criticize your own country overseas. It is doubly wrong to do so in the presence of those who hate the United States.
Al Gore, a former senator from Tennessee, a former vice president of the United States and the 2000 Democratic candidate for president, apparently believes that since, as he said, he is "not an official of the United States," he is free to attack his native country anywhere.
This month in Bali, Indonesia, the United Nations held a conference on global warming for the purpose of extending the Kyoto Protocols, which will formally end in 2012. The United States — concerned about Kyoto's effect on economic growth — has refused to ratify the Protocols. On July 25, 1997, the U.S. Senate rejected then-Vice President Gore's advice and voted 95-0 to reject the Kyoto Protocols.
Last week, Al Gore appeared at the Bali conference and said, "I am not an official of the United States and I am not bound by the diplomatic niceties. So I am going to speak an inconvenient truth. My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali. We all know that."
Oh, really? And just how do we all know that?