Crawl Across the Ocean

Friday, February 16, 2007

More more of the same

Says Harper: " "For the first time in history we have a leader of the opposition who is soft on terrorism,"

Hmm, a high ranking politician insinuating that anyone who opposes their views supports terrorism. Which country have I heard that poisonous rhetoric in before?

Via Creekside.


  • I would say that I miss Stephen Harper, except that we've got John Howard in Australia, which is even better. Here's one of his recent quotes, which has him in a fair bit of hot water:

    "If I was running al-Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008, and pray, as many times as possible, for a victory not only for Obama, but also for the Democrats."

    You can read more here, but you get the idea:,20867,21227168-7583,00.html

    God bless America and George Bush - er, I mean, God save the Queen and John Howard.

    By Blogger Kevin, at 7:45 PM  

  • Yeah, I saw that comment on some of the U.S. blogs. As one person asked, when was the last time the head of state for an allied government started taking such partisan shots at presidential candidates?

    Still, you have to admire his courage. It seems like there is a decent chance that all three branches of the U.S. government could be controlled by Democrats after 2008. Not sure how it will serve Australia's national interest to have needlessly pissed off (potentially) the ruling party of the most powerful country in the world.

    By Blogger Declan, at 10:06 PM  

  • Saying what he did about Obama might be courageous, but it was also stupid as I fail to see how that statement will get him any political brownie points at home (even some Republicans were telling him to butt out of US politics). John Howard is attempting to show that the opposition leader Kevin Rudd is trying to be all things to all people; in order to demonstrate this of late Howard has been publicly "taking a stand" on various issues, just to prove that Rudd is incapable of doing the same. So far it hasn't been working all that well for Howard.

    By Blogger Kevin, at 10:31 PM  

  • Yes, I completely agree that it was stupid. I was thinking that it was brave in the way that stepping into traffic is brave...

    By Blogger Declan, at 10:54 PM  

  • Technically, Jack Layton is already a leader of the opposition (all opposing leaders are), and Layton is already proven to be soft on terrorism. (Dion too, as it were).

    At any point in denouncing Harper/Howard for what they say, has it seriously escaped people's notice that they aren't wrong?

    By Blogger Feynman and Coulter's Love Child, at 12:27 PM  

  • Ha ha. Good one FaCLC. Until I followed the links I almost thought you were serious.

    By Blogger Declan, at 6:33 PM  

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