I’m no Howard hater, I was a long term member of the Liberal Party (until 2005), I wept when Howard was elected in 1996 (mind you, it could have been the beer, and the fact I hadn’t slept for 3 days prior), I’ve worked on marginal and non-marginal Federal Campaigns since, twice as a staffer, once as Campaign Chair, so I say this with a background of someone who has voted Liberal my entire adult life.
John Howard: shut the f*ck up.
Sorry about the language, but beyond the pale utterances deserve it. For those of you who missed what the Australian Prime Minister said about Barak Obama’s run for President and his call to bring Amercian troops home from Iraq:
“I think he’s wrong. I think that will just encourage those who want to completely destabilise and destroy Iraq, and create chaos and a victory for the terrorists to hang on and hope for an Obama victory…If I were running al-Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008 and be praying as many times as possible for a victory not only for Obama but also for the Democrats.”
What an extremely nasty, evil, horrid piece of rhetoric. On the other hand I’ve got only praise for Barack Obama, who replies:
“I think it’s flattering that one of George Bush’s allies on the other side of the world started attacking me the day after I announced. I would also note that we have close to 140,000 troops in Iraq, and my understanding is Mr Howard has deployed 1400, so if he is … 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.”
Prime Minister, this man could well and truly be the next President of the United States of America, and might I add, one who I believe would make a very, very good President. Don’t think he isn’t going to remember Australia as being a nationfrom which its leader sought to paint him as being in bed with al-Qaeda…aside from the fact saying what you said is just down right beyond stupid. Remember the saying: if you’ve got nothing important or clever to say, don’t say it. Shut the f*ck up, before Australian exporters are destroyed by the next US Administration, before ANZUS is ripped up, and before next time I get strip searched instead of just getting patted down at an American Airport!