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Australian Prime Minister Critical of Antiwar Sentiments  0

Posted on February 11th, 2007. About News and Politics.

I read an article this morning about Australian Prime Minister John Howard and his critical comments directed towards Senator Barack Obama because Obama wants to end the war in Iraq. Obama has announced that the U.S.’s top priority should be ending the Iraq War and bringing U.S. troops back from the civil war-torn nation.

Howard was quoted as saying: “You either rat on the ally or you stay with the ally…if it’s all right for us to go, it’s all right for the Americans and the British to go, and if everybody goes, Iraq will descend into total civil war and there’ll be a lot of bloodshed.”

So my thought here was – what?! It’s okay for Australia decrease troops (which are pretty minimal to begin with, in comparison to the number of American and British soldiers there), but this guy is angry because an American senator is giving the “enough is enough” speech? If Prime Minister Howard is so concerned about it, perhaps he should send his own people to deal with it. I don’t think he should, for their sakes, but the point remains.

 The article went on to mention:

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs, traveling with the senator in Iowa, said Howard’s words were misguided.

“The United States has sacrificed more than 3,000 brave young men and women and $400 billion, only to find ourselves mired in the middle of a sectarian civil war,” he said. “Even Republicans … know that more of the same is only going to attract more terrorists to Iraq and make our country less safe.”

Gibbs went on to say that Howard was not in a position to be overly critical.

“If Prime Minister Howard truly believes what he says, perhaps his country should find its way to contribute more than just 1,400 troops so some American troops can come home,” he said. “It’s easy to talk tough when it’s not your country or your troops making the sacrifices.”

So Obama’s spokesman, thus far, is able to speak candidly. Excellent.

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