Editorial - US respect and oil

If the goal is US respect in the world, why would a presidential candidate pursuing it treat an important part of the world with deliberate disrespect?In his July 29 speech accepting the Democratic party's presidential nomination, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) promised to make the US "respected in the world" yet "finally and forever independent of Mideast oil." He trumpeted the "need to rebuild our alliances so we can get the terrorists before they get us" yet insulted a longstanding and similarly threatened ally, not to mention creative Americans, with this applause line: "I want an America that relies on its own ingenuity and innovation—not the Saudi royal family."These are the wo...

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