Gore points finger at USA

Peter here again this morning, still in shock that it’s possible to wait ten minutes for a Central Line tube train during rush hour. Why after all these years living in London this would surprise me I don’t know. I’m just an optimist I guess. Anyway…

As climate change talks in Bali drag on, what do you think of Al Gore’s speech when he said that “My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress in Bali”? What do you think of America’s position? Paxalles reckons Gore’s still mad at Bush over the 2000 election. (But that hardly puts the former VP in a minority of one.) Daily Kos looked beyond the headlines to recognise that Gore spread the blame beyond the White House. Do you want to hear someone make the White House’s case on the programme today?

A debate going on in the US right now is over guns laws after a man shot two burglars in broad daylight after they broke into his neighbour’s house. The 911 recording is quite a listen. According to the NYT the case is testing the limits of a new self-defence law. So did the shooter go too far?

And it’s a big weekend for South Africa as the ANC process to elect its next president moves forward. It’s close between the country’s President Thabo Mbeki and his popular – and controversial – rival Jacob Zuma.

On to Kenya, where the president’s wife is the centre of attention after slapping the MC at a public event. Why’d she do it? The official mistakenly introduced her as Lucy Wambui – Mary Wambui is thought to be President Kibaki’s second wife, although officials deny that the president has a second wife – a practice which is not uncommon in Kenya. Predictably, the opposition is rather enjoying it.

Back to the Pacific, where the stage could be getting set for a diplomatic incident at sea as Australia’s prime minister says it’s navy and air force may keep a close eye on Japan’s whaling fleet.

And finally, here in Britain a report reveals that the Army is losing a batallion a year to dishonourable discharges due to illegal drug use. And it’s on the rise. Why?

10 Responses to “Gore points finger at USA”

  1. 1 Guy Fox
    December 14, 2007 at 12:04

    Considering the current rate of artic ice melt, Mr. Gore’s dire warnings about global warming are rather innocuous and feckless.

  2. 2 VictorK
    December 14, 2007 at 12:40

    Re Gore: I thought that US politicians followed a patriotic convention of never criticising their country while abroad. The (anti-American) applause that followed his remarks were an indication of how foolish he was to have made them. Still a bad loser after all these years. Even so, the issue is an important one and I’d be interested to hear the reasons the US administration has for holding out. I only ever seem to hear from the ‘hate America, hate Bush, hate the Republicans’ crowd on this subject. Hearing the other side would be a refreshing change.

    As soon as I read that the shooting of a pair of criminals had sparked a ‘debate’ in the US I assumed that the ‘victims’ belonged to a minority group, and that that was probably the real source of controversy. Your link confirmed this. The shooter is a hero for risking his life to defend someone else’s property. The criminals won’t violate anybody else’s property rights again or graduate to commiting murder or rape in the course of a robbery. Good riddance. Liberals will, as is natural to them, climb onto their moral pedestals and wail about the sanctity of human life (aborted foetuses always excepted). Yet, oddly, if the burglars had murdered the hero this story would not have been reported, let alone debated, outside the Texas town in question, and our Liberal moralists and humanitarians wouldn’t have had a tear to shed. That African-American leaders routinely support criminals and misfits, and generally oppose law and order should be a story in its own right.

    Re the Kenyan first lady: the MC deserved to be slapped, either for his bad manners in deliberately insulting her, or for the woeful incompetence that led to her being insulted. Nothing like corporal punishment to make a point.

  3. 3 steve
    December 14, 2007 at 13:16

    That Texas house burglar shooter shows one of the worst acts of humanity. I’m not going to defend the burglars, but this guy clearly wanted to get some notches in his gun. He left the safety of his home to pursue and deliberately kill fleeing felons. Texas has some weird laws where you can use deadly force to defend property, but it has to be YOUR property. The burglars broke into his neighbor’s house. Just listening to them, you could tell the guy probably has wanted to kill people for a very long time, and this was his one chance, and disregarding the commands of the 911 operator, and he goes outside, and boasts about how he’s going to kill them. He’s far worse than the burglars the murdered. And yes, as i just said, he’s a murderer, however I doubt a texas jury would convict him.

  4. 4 Reza
    December 14, 2007 at 13:26

    199 Congressmen in US Congress Voted against Banning Waterboarding and Torture, so who do you think we should listen to when it comes to the health of our Globe.

  5. 5 Reza
    December 14, 2007 at 13:28

    199 Congressmen in US Congress voted against Ban of Waterboarding and Torture, so who do you think we should listen to for the Health of the Globe.

  6. December 14, 2007 at 14:29

    i say make a motion [at bali] that al gore nominate for the presedency to let the american people make a choice on the issue
    clearly if he wins the people have spoken ,big buisness must be held to account, thier international polution and unbounded excess and non accountability must be accounted , the bali demanding gore enjoin the presidential race upon a single issue [plus health care , might just get the govt to wake up

    people power works[knowing the world is watching might wake up the looney neo con right wing buisness lobby from its seemingly omnipotant non negotiation position

    buisness as usual isnt going to do it anymore

  7. 7 Kelly
    December 14, 2007 at 16:43

    The shooter in Texas was obviously intent on doing severe bodily harm and told the 911 dispatcher as much several times. He needs to be held to account. Self-defense requires a serious threat or it is simply murder.

    Kelly in Oregon

  8. 8 Linda
    December 14, 2007 at 18:13

    As long as the US government is run by “corporate” men whose loyalty isn’t to the people but the oil and other corporations they will ignore the will of the people. Money and lobbyists run the country – not the American people. Bush and club not only have ruined America’s reputation and history of democracy, but now want to destroy the very lands we live on in the name of higher short term profits.

    Things in the US will change when those who win the popular vote are the ones elected. Time to get rid of the electoral “college”.

  9. 9 Chernor Jalloh
    December 14, 2007 at 18:19

    Al Gore,is a man worth to be praised for his stance on climate change.This is my first time in modern history to hear a top man from the US criticising his own government publicly in a summit on climate change outside his country.The US is always sticking to its guns on matters that will lead us into trouble.Acting now will be nice ratherthan later. THE UK ARMY ON DRUGS: The Army should not ruin their lives what ever pressure are put on them.The use of illict drugs such as cocaine,canabis to alleviate the pressure on them cannot help.The heads of the army suppose to look to these activities,especially at the battle fields both in Afghanistan and in Iraq, where the stakes are very high. MR ZUMA: Mr Zuma, who is accused of engaging in anillegal arms deal dose not fit for a good president in South Africa.This,however,is a sign that when he come to power he will do something worse than that and no-one will prosecute him.The best thing is to find someone,who has no similar records to that of Jacob Zuma´s.

  10. 10 George
    December 14, 2007 at 22:45

    The topic aside,

    Gore is speaking what he believes, as do other retired US politicians worth their salt.

    That is ok, Americans are suppose to speak their views openly.

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