Dissing the US of A while actually standing on foreign soil is just not ok in my book. Al Gore has gone the way of Jimmy Carter and the Dixie Chicks here.
Here he is in Saudi Arabia:
Gore said Arabs had been “indiscriminately rounded up” and held in “unforgivable” conditions. The former vice president said the Bush administration was playing into al-Qaida’s hands by routinely blocking Saudi visa applications.
“The thoughtless way in which visas are now handled, that is a mistake,” Gore said during the Jiddah Economic Forum. “The worst thing we can possibly do is to cut off the channels of friendship and mutual understanding between Saudi Arabia and the United States.”
We have yet to hear how he would have done things, but thank God we’ll never know. You don’t dis your family in any serious way to outsiders and you don’t dis your country in any serious way to outsiders. Little rules from the Terri Goon book of etiquette.
UPDATE: Tigerhawk agrees. While his words were idiotic, the worst of it is WHERE he said them and NOT that he said them!