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Kerry was asked about whether the U.S. government had failed to adequately engage Iran?s government before the election of hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005.
Kerry said the Bush administration has failed in addressing a number of foreign policy issues.
?When we walk away from global warming, Kyoto, when we are irresponsibly slow in moving toward AIDS in Africa, when we don?t advance and live up to our own rhetoric and standards, we set a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy,? Kerry said.
?So we have a crisis of confidence in the Middle East ? in the world, really. I?ve never seen our country as isolated, as much as a sort of international pariah for a number of reasons as it is today.??
Kerry criticized what he called the ?unfortunate habit? of Americans to see the world ?exclusively through an American lens.?
On July 25, 1997, before the Kyoto Protocol was finalized (although it had been fully negotiated, and a penultimate draft was finished), the U.S. Senate unanimously passed by a 95?0 vote the Byrd-Hagel Resolution (S. Res. 98), which stated the sense of the Senate was that the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol that did not include binding targets and timetables for developing as well as industrialized nations or â€śwould result in serious harm to the economy of the United Statesâ€ť. On November 12, 1998, Vice President Al Gore symbolically signed the protocol. Both Gore and Senator Joseph Lieberman indicated that the protocol would not be acted upon in the Senate until there was participation by the developing nations. The Clinton Administration never submitted the protocol to the Senate for ratification. . . .
The current President, George W. Bush, has indicated that he does not intend to submit the treaty for ratification, not because he does not support the Kyoto principles, but because of the exemption granted to China (the worldâ€™s second largest emitter of carbon dioxide). Bush also opposes the treaty because of the strain he believes the treaty would put on the economy; he emphasizes the uncertainties which he asserts are present in the climate change issue.
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