John Howard, the Australian Prime Minister has hit the headlines by stating that al-Qaeda should be “praying as many times as possible” for Barack Obama to win the 2008 presidential race. And why? Because Obama says America should get out of Iraq next year.
According to Howard, pulling out of Iraq “will just encourage those who want to completely destabilise and destroy Iraq, and create chaos”. Pardon me, Mr Howard, but as far as I can make out, the thing which destabilised Iraq and caused chaos was the Americans and the British invading it 4 years ago, and the chaos appears to be worsening with every elapsed second. It was the equivalent of St George walking up to the sleeping dragon and cutting its toe off.
In response to this,
The Antichrist Obama (sorry, that’s a different post…) said,
“I would also note that we have close to 140,000 troops on the ground now, and my understanding is Mr Howard has deployed 1,400, so if he is (ready) to fight the good fight in Iraq, I would suggest that he calls up another 20,000 Australians and sends them to Iraq. Otherwise it’s just a bunch of empty rhetoric”
I note with interest that this is an election year in Australia. One would have thought that it would do more for Howard’s party’s chances NOT to clamber aboard a sinking Republican ship…