Condoleeza Rice laments Bush rejection of Kyoto

But rejecting Kyoto was one of the few things W. did right.

In an article about Condoleeza Rice’s new memoir, the New York Times reports,

… Ms. Rice offers several regrets. The way Mr. Bush rejected the Kyoto climate change treaty without promising to seek alternatives was a “self-inflicted wound”…

By any measure George Bush was a disaster. He botched two wars, expanded the welfare state, presided over the housing bubble and ensuing bailouts, lost Congress to the Democrats and left us with the three-headed monster of Obama-Pelosi-Reid — a calamity that America will be lucky to survive.

But Bush was right to reject Kyoto — a treaty that has utterly failed to accomplish anything. There’s no alternative that he could have offered that: (1) would have made any scientific or economic sense; or (2) would have made the greens happy.

Like much (most?) of the Bush administration, Rice was in way over her head.

The title of her memoir “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” says it all. She was a talented resume builder when America needed competence.

10 thoughts on “Condoleeza Rice laments Bush rejection of Kyoto”

  1. The liberals of today are not really interested in individual rights because they are not the ‘classical liberals’ of the 19th and early 20th century. They are just “Red” now. And the reds hate rights.

  2. Compassionate conservatism is an oxymoron. Conservatism only works when it is tough love and based on individual initiatives. Bush was a Rino and was the lesser of two bad choices. Romney is the same bad choice and hopefully the Repubs have learned from their mistakes.

    But that does not mean I think we would be better off with just conservative control. Liberals need to focus on what made them a positive contributor to the American experiment and that is protecting individual rights from the government and corporations. They have, mostly, lost their way and only protect votes with giving money and benefits while removing liberties with bigger government and more regulations.

  3. One of my favorite quotes in this vein: “The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.”— Robert A. Heinlein
    Another:
    “Everybody’s looking for something
    Some of them want to use you
    Some of them want to get used by you
    Some of them want to abuse you
    Some of them want to be abused.”
    – “Seven Seas”, The Eurythmics

  4. It might be noted that Rice and Bush both were in favor of the LOST treaty. So no one should be surprised at this latest revelatory statement. So we then have to ask …..why? It is clear that this whole AGW scan is (as Jacques Chirac noted) the first step to global governance. Both Bush and Rice are knowledgeable and intelligent people…..they could not possibly have failed to recognize the reality of all of this. Why else would they support such a treaty obligation? Obligations that, according to SCOTUS, override the protections accorded to American citizens in the U.S. Constitution! He did do something right, and that was drop Kyoto, but he was still a globalist supporting the concept of a one world government. A government run by the most corrupt and incompetent orgainzation the world has ever know….the U.N.

  5. When people vote for a big government (the government must solve all problems) of any party, they always turn to the government solutions. The American Spectator published an piece (By Angelo M. Codevilla from the July 2010 – August 2010 issue about the political elite, or ruling class, which explained how our government got from the founding fathers to now.

    I wonder if Dr. Rice would agree?

  6. IMHO, the way to evaluate W. is to ask where did he leave us? This is akin to Reagan asking, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

    The answer to that question with respect to W. is that he (with John McCain’s help) gave us Obama — and that is an unpardonable failure.

  7. George Bush was certainly not a good president but he was a LOT better than Carter and Obama…I am disappointed to learn that Condoleeza fell for Al Gores Global Warming HOAX..

  8. Great article about the disaster 2001-2008. Bush had a Republican Congress in 2001-2007 and could have solved our energy problems like drilling for oil in ANWR. He fell asleep after inaguration and ignored all domestic problems.

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