CNSNews posts a summary of President Bush's remarks to the UN today, and right below it is a response by Senator Kerry.
"People everywhere are capable of freedom and worthy of freedom," President Bush told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. "The proper response to difficulty is not to retreat - it is to prevail. The advance of freedom always carries a cost - paid by the bravest among us." President Bush said the United States "will stand with the people of Afghanistan and Iraq until their hopes of freedom and security are fulfilled." ... In his speech, President Bush proposed the establishment of a Democracy Fund within the U.N. "This is a great calling for this great organization," he said. "The fund would help countries lay the foundations of democracy by instituting the rule of law, independent courts, a free press, political parties and trade unions." He urged all other nations to join the U.S. in contributing to the Democracy Fund.To which Kerry said:
The same day that President George W. Bush addressed the United Nations on the subject of Iraq, his Democratic challenger Sen. John F. Kerry criticized Bush for living in a "world of fantasy spin" instead of a "world of reality" when addressing the current conditions in Iraq. ... "After lecturing them instead of leading them to understand how we are all together with a stake in the outcome of Iraq, I believe the president missed an opportunity of enormous importance for our nation and for the world," Kerry said, calling the president's credibility into question.In this instance I think Mr. Kerry is right. President Bush is delusional if he really thinks the despots that make up the majority of the UN are at all interested in promoting democracy around the world. However, if the President was instead attempting to draw a contrast between the liberty and freedom that America stands for and the corruption and oppression fostered by the United Nations, then I think he did a good job.