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Would Somebody Smack John Howard?!?!

Posted by Daniel on Monday, February 12, 2007

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.I am beginning to worry about Australia’s conservative Prime Minister John Howard, who said Sunday that victory for Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and his party in next year’s presidential election would be a boon for terrorists.

While I realize Prime Minister Howard has, for the past 4+ years, supported the lamesdt of Lame Duck Presidents, yesterday I believe he was handed the tried and untrue playbook of politics as a gift from the Whitehouse.

“If I were running al Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008, and pray, as many times as possible, for a victory not only for Obama, but also for the Democrats,” Howard said, speaking on “Sunday,” a TV show on Australia’s Nine Network.

March 2008 is when Obama has said he would bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, according to legislation he introduced in the Senate.

Mr. Howard, I assume you’ve been watching the news in America in the past four months…the words of that duck don’t fly no more.  And you’d do well to remember what happened to those political GOP candidates here in the States that tried using Bush’s lies as a means of rallying an already faltering base, just to win an election. could be wrong.  Perhaps Mr. Howard is simply walking goose steps with old buddy old pal Rupert Murdoch.  After all, Murdoch claims he and his media empire were big players in shaping the Bush strategy in Iraq…and thereby it’s message.

Obama, who represents Illinois in the U.S. Senate, declared his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in a speech on Saturday in his home state.

Prime Minister Howard — who faces reelection this year — is a staunch supporter of President Bush and committed Australian troops to help the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Like Bush, Howard has come under increased criticism at home for supporting the unpopular war.

Australia has more than 1,000 troops in and around Iraq, many in non-combat roles.

Obama, who is campaigning in Iowa, said he’s flattered that one of Bush’s allies “started attacking me the day after I announced (his presidential run) — I take that as a compliment.”

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.The Democratic presidential hopeful said if the Australian prime minister was “ginned up to fight the good fight in Iraq,” he needs to send another 20,000 Australians to the war.

“Otherwise, it’s just a bunch of empty rhetoric,” Obama said.

The Illinois Democrat dismissed the suggestion that his election would help terrorist groups, noting that even the Bush administration’s “own intelligence agencies have indicated that the threat of terrorism has increased as a consequence of our actions over there.”

When someone asked about Howard’s comment, a senior White House official voiced support for the Australian leader. “Prime Minister Howard knows that setting a timeline for a withdrawal sends the wrong signal to our enemies and sends the wrong signal to the Iraqi people.”

It would be nice to see the Australian people set a timeline of their own regarding Mr. Howard…”Earlier than planned withdrawl”.


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