June 27, 2001
President Bush deserves an "A" from Americans for his five-nation
European tour because he stood firm for the U.S. positions on missile
defense, the Kyoto Protocol, capital punishment, and non-involvement in
expanded military engagements. For that, he had to endure lecturing by
a finger-pointing King Juan Carlos of Spain and Swedish street
demonstrators shouting "Toxic Texan, Go Home."
The leftist radicals who formerly demonstrated for the Communists
are now using their street skills for the green movement. Alongside of
carrying Bush in effigy, they carried pictures of has-been Communists
Mao Zedong and Che Guevara plus typical Communist slogans such as "For
a World Without Imperialism."
The International Herald Tribune even featured an op-ed editorial
insulting our President in these words: "George W. went to Europe
knowing only a bit more than Christopher Columbus did when he went the
The impudence of the Europeans in objecting to our decision to
protect American lives against an accidental or malicious missile
strike from a hostile or irrational country is exceeded only by their
ingratitude for our saving them from 20th century aggressors and then
subsidizing the rebuilding of their countries. We should not have to
get the approval of any foreign government before building the weapons
we need for our own defense.
The Kyoto controversy, which brought out most of the
demonstrators, proves the folly of signing United Nations treaties that
are called voluntary. Any treaty called voluntary will surely morph
into Other Countries' Great Expectations, which in turn will morph into
demands by foreigners abroad and leftists at home that we meet our
The 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro produced the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Since it merely called
for voluntary efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it was signed by
President George Bush I and ratified by the Senate.
Buried in the verbiage was this sentence: "The developed country
parties should take the lead in combating climate change and the
adverse effects thereof." Now the UN propagandists are asserting that
this alleged "international law" binds the United States not only to
actually do what was called "voluntary" (cut our CO2 emissions), but to
do it immediately regardless of when, if ever, other countries do
anything to conform to the treaty's goals.
President George W. Bush rejected the Kyoto Protocol because it
would require the United States to drastically cut our CO2 emissions
while exempting 130 other countries. His decision is proper and is
fortified by a 95-0 vote on a U.S. Senate resolution passed in 1997.
It's a fiction that the United States alone is blocking the Kyoto
Protocol; it hasn't been ratified by any industrialized country.
Germany just announced that it is phasing out its nuclear power plants
(which provide a third of its electricity), which must mean that
Germany will use energy sources that produce greenhouse gas emissions.
The American people should wake up and realize that the purpose of
most UN treaties is to slow economic growth and to redistribute U.S.
wealth to socialists hostile to free enterprise. The Kyoto Protocol
would penalize the United States by forcing us to reduce our energy
consumption and transfer our industries to countries on which the
treaty imposes no restrictions, such as China, India, Mexico and
It's a mystery why prominent Americans continue to promote the
European Union; a strong EU is not in our national interest. The EU
believes in free trade among the countries admitted to the EU, but is
highly protectionist when it comes to dealing with the United States,
and the EU has 15 votes to our one in the World Trade Organization.
The current EU president, Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson, is
blunt about this: he openly says that a strong Europe is needed to
balance U.S. world domination. EU's antitrust authorities are using
their power to protect EU industries against competition from U.S.
While Bush was traveling in Europe, Macedonia officially asked
NATO to disarm the vicious and violent Albanian guerrillas. Remember,
just a couple of years ago these Albanians were the "victims" whom the
Europeans asked us to protect from the Serbs.
Fortunately, the Bush Administration said No to participating in
this widening conflict. Hopefully, we've learned the lesson that it's
not America's duty to try to solve all European problems.
Bush's last stop was to meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin.
Another lesson Americans should learn is that other countries sign
treaties and then ignore them.
The Chemical Weapons Convention we ratified in 1997 committed
Russia to destroy its stockpile of chemical weapons. Russia is now
five years behind schedule, and is demanding $8 billion to comply.