Saturday :: Jun 5, 2004

Be Careful what You Wish for, Georgie


by pessimist

George Warmonger Bush, self-appointed Emperor of the world, doesn't like the fact that his Australian lap dog, John Howard, has a real challenger in the upcoming Australian elections.

Claiming that the removal from Iraq of Australia's 850 troops (compared with the US 135,000), as Howard's opponent Mark Latham wishes to do should he be elected, would "be a disaster", Bush decreed:

Bush slams Howard opponent on Iraq

"I think that would be disastrous. It would be a disastrous decision for the leader of a great country like Australia to say that, 'We're pulling out,'" Bush told reporters in a joint news conference after meeting with Howard at the White House Thursday.

Australians had this to say in response:


Bush's comments against troop withdrawal plan ignites storm in Australia

Gerard Henderson, a former Howard adviser in the 1980s and now head of the independent Sydney Institute think-tank, said Bush shouldn't have waded into Australia's domestic politics.

Henderson, who supported the Iraq war, said he did not believe the war will figure as a large issue at the Australian election due this year. "I think it's better that the political debate within Australia is left to Australians," Henderson said. "I don't know that criticism from overseas helps the cause."

Political analysts said Bush's attack could politically damage Howard, who has made his government's strong security and trade ties with Washington a centrepiece of his foreign policy.

"The pro-American sentiment is not as strong and the behaviour of the United States since the Iraq war started and the catalogue of failures would make it very risky for Howard to make the American alliance an election issue," said Australian National University political scientist John Hart.

We can't rule out that the Australians might not begin to feel like the French, currently hosting the person in question, apparently do:

The Outlaw Bush Administration

At his Inauguration, the President of the United States swears "to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." If this promise has been betrayed, it is up to the Congress to protect the nation.

In plain English, impeachment, the first step towards removal of the President from office.

See what you get for misbehaving in other people's homes, Georgie?

The American administration has acted as an outlaw, disdaining both the Constitution and the international treaties to which America is a signatory; the army has done nothing but follow instructions. This American disdain for legality dates from well before the war in Iraq:

---Illegal, the conditions of the prisoners in Guantanamo, held "indefinitely" without any legal status.

---Illegal, the application of certain provisions of the Patriot Act.

---Illegal, pursuant to the Geneva Convention, the conditions of detention in Iraq.

The reasons which initially were adduced to justify the war in Iraq have evaporated. There are no weapons of mass destruction, there were no links between Saddam Hussein and Al Quaida. Saddam Hussein represented no immediate threat to the security of the United States.

A defeat for the United States in Iraq will entail grave consequences. Certainly, certain traditional "allies" of the United States who preferred to accommodate the existence of Saddam Hussein, and who did everything possible to prevent the UN from participating in this war, will bear some responsibility for this defeat. But such a defeat will be a defeat for all of the West and for all Arabs who hope for peace and political pluralism.

But it's even worse than a defeat. The pictures from Abu Ghraib threaten not only the moral authority of America, but our universal values, the first of which is the dignity of every human being. These images create the possibility of a world in which no state, no group, can ever again intervene anywhere in the name of human rights. These images betray all of us and weaken all of us.

America, it would appear, understands the gravity of the moment. Public opinion, the press and Congress are vigorously playing the roles assigned to them in a democracy. Investigations are underway that will shake the entire military and civilian structure of the Pentagon. But the Secretary of Defense, while recognizing his responsibility, refuses to resign, and President Bush has, at least for the moment, chosen to minimize the problem.

At his Inauguration, the President of the United States swears "to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." If this promise has been betrayed, it is up to the Congress to protect the nation.

In plain English, impeachment, the first step towards removal of the President from office.

If the words of the Australian Labour Party leader Mark Latham are any indication, the world separates George Warminger Bush and the PNAC Petroleum Pirate Posse from the rest of America. He said:

Latham on Friday didn't back down from his stance - but neither did he counterattack Bush, whom he's previously described as "flaky," "dangerous" and "incompetent."

"Labour never wanted the troops there in the first place. We intend to have them home by Christmas," Latham said in a statement. "I look forward to the day when we can put the mistakes of Iraq behind us and a Labour government can work with the United States to further strengthen the intelligence, strategic and cultural relationships between our two countries."

The world will take us back - provided we deal with our own dirt.

I can hear it now! "If it wasn't for America, then the French would be speaking German now!" The French are in fact very grateful to America for their liberation from Nazi tyranny as current events attest. They are also quite aware that they owe nothing for their liberation to the person of George W. Bush.


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