BALI, Indonesia (CNN) -- In a dramatic reversal Saturday, the United States rejected and then accepted a compromise to set the stage for intense negotiations in the next two years aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions worldwide...Of course, "we" in this case refers to both the United States and Canada, where our Prime Minister has been doing his best to earn Bush brownie points by making Canada some king of remora to the shark that is the Bush administration.
..a delegate from the developing country of Papua New Guinea challenged the United States to "either lead, follow or get out of the way."
Five minutes later, when it appeared the conference was on the brink of collapse, Dobriansky took the floor again to say the United States was willing to accept the arrangement. Applause erupted in the hall and a relative level of success for the conference appeared certain.
You've got to wonder what the thought process is, when one conservative, Bush-friendly administration just got handed its head on exactly this issue. A wiser politician might take notice, and recalibrate. Our Prime Minister says to himself, "Hm, this is my opportunity!"
I'm not feeling particularly proud of my government at the moment.