Australian PM John Howard Warns Against Barack Obama for the Fight Against Terrorism

PM Howard says that al Qaeda is praying for an Obama win and it’s not because they love his charisma. Obama wants all of our troops out of Iraq by March 2008:

In a strongly worded foray into US politics today, Mr Howard said an Obama victory in the presidential election would be disastrous for the war on terrorism.

“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,” Mr Howard said on Channel 9.

“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.”

As expected the Democrats are furious about PM Howard’s comments, but he’s sticking to them:

Prime Minister John Howard has defended his comments about United States presidential candidate Barack Obama’s proposed policies.

The spat erupted when Democrat Senator Obama said he would like US troops out of Iraq by March 2008.

Mr Howard responded by saying that if he ran Al Qaeda, he would put a circle around March next year and pray for Senator Obama to win.

The attack on Senator Obama’s plan has upset several US Democrats, including Senator Ron Wyden, who believes Mr Howard is meddling in US politics.

“The most charitable thing you can say about Mr Howard’s comment is it’s bizarre,” Senator Wyden said.

“You know, we’ll make our own judgements in this country with respect to elections and Barack Obama’s a terrific public servant.”

However, Mr Howard says the suggestion he is interfering in US politics is absurd.

Obama responds to PM Howard’s comments:

Mr. Obama said Australia had sent 1,400 troops to Iraq, a fraction of the American force.

“If he’s ginned up to fight the good fight in Iraq, I would suggest that he calls up another 20,000 Australians and send them to Iraq,” Mr. Obama said. “Otherwise, it’s just a bunch of empty rhetoric.”

I agree with Charles Johnson’s assessment at LGF:

Oh yeah. Call the Prime Minister of Australia a chickenhawk.

Now that’s presidential.

It’s not presidential but it’s certainly Democrat-esque.

Update: Pajamas Media has analysis and additional commentary.

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