Criticizes Bush Administration For 'Foreign Policy Based On Petulance'

Burlington, VT, Monday September 8, 2003

Rather than reaching out to our long-standing allies in NATO—the force best situated to help us stabilize Iraq—this Administration continues to practice a foreign policy based on petulance, this time referring derisively to Belgium, France, Germany, and Luxembourg as 'chocolate makers.'

This President needs to understand that the reason the world followed the United States in the past is because we exerted strong, moral leadership that was a beacon to nations throughout the world. We did not achieve that position by berating and brow-beating our own allies—we achieved that by working respectfully and cooperatively with them. When I am President, I will restore the honor, dignity and respect that we once enjoyed but that this President has so recklessly discarded.

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