June 04, 2004

What if you were reading the news ...

... and ran into a story like this?:

French President Jacques Chirac has expressed strong support for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and criticized the Iraq policy of US President George Bush.

Chirac said that if Bush wins the upcoming election and continues his current policies in Iraq, "that would be disastrous."

Even if you agreed with Chirac, wouldn't you feel that he'd crossed the line from legitimate policital comment to trying to interfere in US internal politics? This magpie certainly would.

Dubya, on the other hand, seems to have no qualms about trying to influence elections in other countries. Check out this news story:

U.S. President George W. Bush has expressed strong support for Australian Prime Minister John Howard and criticized the Iraq policy of Howard's Labor Party challenger Mark Latham.

Bush said that if Latham wins the upcoming election and carries out his pledge to pull out of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, "that would be disastrous."

Of course, John Howard may need all the help he can get given recent revelations that the Australian government knew about the torture at Abu Ghraib right from the begining.

Via CNN and New Zealand Herald.

Posted by Magpie at June 4, 2004 07:21 AM | International | Technorati links |

And if Bush's crony loses, the press will go ballistic on how Australia caved to terror. They can't sympathize with people who have had it up to here with being lied to, because their own capacity for being lied to seems practically infinite. But let's hope not.

Posted by: natasha at June 4, 2004 09:08 AM

Great post!

Seems to me that Bush's endorsement of Howard could turn out to be the "Kiss of Death" - which would be pretty damn funny. Just one more thing that Bush and bin Ladin would have in common...

Posted by: CaliforniaDrySherry at June 5, 2004 08:51 PM