Friday, September 16, 2005

Clinton exercises 20th Century consensus building, Blair respectfully declines

Bill Clinton took us on a trip back in time to a simpler time in the realm of foreign affairs.

Reuters waxed nostalgic about this week's retreat for world leaders, describing the event lovingly as a "four ring circus" with the vigorous former president engaging in his trademark "flurry of behind the scenes meetings".

Unlike the current chief executive, George Bush, who relies on a direct approach and backing up his words with actions, Clinton proudly declared "promises" and "commitments" from world leaders who conveyed to him "..promises from global leaders to do things to make the world a better place..".

In a lighter note, Clinton's old soulmate reminisced with his old pal, that he now thinks that Liberal utopian dreams like the Kyoto treaty are not "practical". Refering to his new world view as "brutally honest", Blair spoke on stage with the former president looking on:
"...Blair, a longtime supporter of the Kyoto treaty, further prefaced his remarks by noting, "My thinking has changed in the past three or four years." So what does he think now? "No country, he declared, "is going to cut its growth." That is, no country is going to allow the Kyoto treaty, or any other such global-warming treaty, to crimp -- some say cripple -- its economy ..."

When Blair said he would speak with "brutal honesty" the levity of the four ring circus became a bit less bustling and the typical bold rhetorical flourishs of those heady days gone by seemed as if from another century.

Maybe, because they were.

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