Politico Trolls for Paris Climate Talks, ‘Praises’ George W. Bush

Top trolling, Politico!

Well, nearly.

Unfortunately, Politico’s snickering reporters can’t resist giving the game away with gleeful asides like: “That may come as a shock considering modern-day Republicans are bent on derailing the Paris negotiations and overturning pretty much all of Obama’s green agenda.”

No, actually it doesn’t come a shock. The shock would be if, for the first time since January 2001, the progressives finally found something for which George W Bush wasn’t to blame.

Anyway, according to Politico’s laboured, convoluted theory, George W Bush is to blame/thank for next week’s Paris talks because of what his negotiators agreed at an earlier UN climate conference in Bali in 2007. WARNING: the following “explanatory” paragraph is so boring and worthless I seriously don’t recommend you read it because you’ll want to gouge your own eyeballs out with a fork.

For the first time ever, countries of all shapes, sizes and economic means pledged to pony up commitments to address global warming. The agreement came with a very wonky sounding name — the Bali Action Plan — and it provided only a very rough outline of where future negotiations would need to go. But what the Bush administration helped create in Bali stands to this day because it eliminated perhaps the biggest political albatross blocking major action in the United States and around the world on international climate policy: Finally, fast-growing developing countries like China, Brazil, India and South Africa were on record saying they would submit cleanup plans of their own.

Pathetic. Here’s what actually happened at that Bali conference in 2007.

It was attended by 15,000 politicians and activists from 180 countries, most of whom — led by Al Gore, fresh from picking up his Nobel peace prize in Norway — saw it as their main purpose to jeer and whine at the US for having failed to ratify the Kyoto protocol ten years before.

In Bali, the US position remained much as it had been at Kyoto — that the US would not sign an agreement to cut its emissions unless fast-growing economies like India and China agreed to do likewise.

Eventually, under enormous pressure, the US negotiators reached  a classic fudge: no mandatory cuts would be agreed — but there would be more conferences in the future.

In other words, with a gun held to their head by 179 UN member states, the US negotiators — not George W Bush, who didn’t turn up — reluctantly took the line of least resistance and agreed to kick the can down the road.

Read the rest at Breitbart.

Better that a thousand liberals die than that one Al Qaeda terrorist should be waterboarded! | James Delingpole

November 10th, 2010

From Dubya’s new memoirs:

Of the thousands of terrorists we captured in the years after 9/11, about a hundred were placed into the CIA program. About a third of those were questioned using enhanced techniques. Three were waterboarded.

The information the detainees revealed constituted more than half of what the CIA knew about al-Qaeda. Their interrogations helped break up plots to attack American military and diplomatic facilities abroad, Heathrow Airport and Canary Wharf in London, and multiple targets in the United States.

Hmm. So that’ll be three as in the Three Stooges, the Three Graces, the Three Amigos, the Trinity, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the number of Avengers, the number of Goodies, and the number of protagonists in the popular Seventies children’s drama Hector’s House. Whichever way you’d spin it, I’d suggest that three is not a very large number of evil terrorists to have subjected to deeply unpleasant, but not fatal or permanently damaging torture in order to gain vital information that could save many more lives from future planned atrocities. It is, for example, 49 fewer than the number of innocents murdered in the 7/7 tube bombings; 199 fewer than the number killed in the Bali bombings; and 2933 fewer than the number of people murdered on 9/11.

But obviously, I know that all the liberals reading this will know better. They will all be able to tell me, hands on heart, that they would happily have sacrificed both their own lives and those of their children for the unalienable right of murderous Al-Qaeda terrorists not to have any form of unpleasantness inflicted on them by Western authorities.

And I salute their principles, really I do. It’s just that I hope, when I fly to New York tomorrow, they’re nowhere near the passenger lists of the flight I’m taking. Guys, I implore you, fly Dhimmi Air instead. There the body-searches are cursory and determinedly non-discriminatory. And in the likely event that your plane does blow up half way across the Atlantic, you will at least have the consolation of knowing as the tiny parts of your body drift oceanwards that you and all your fellow impeccably liberal passengers have kept the moral high ground to the last.


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2 Responses to “Better that a thousand liberals die than that one Al Qaeda terrorist should be waterboarded!”

  1. Ben Nicholson says:November 12, 2010 at 12:53 pmCongratulations on your Bastiat Prize James! You certainly deserve it. Your articles could save the world, yet.
  2. orkneylad says:November 12, 2010 at 11:36 pmJames, I hope you avoided the body scanners…this breaking story is shocking.TSA Desktop Image Makes Joke of Cavity Searching Children

    The ‘clincher’ for me is the screen’s Specular Reflection at the top of the image, on the metal strip.

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