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Canadian PM Trapped By Plagiarism And Bush

George Bush has a tremendous ability to ensure anyone who comes in contact with him eventually winds up being hated by the people of his country. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been a strong supporter of Bush and loyally backed the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It has now been revealed by Own Lippert, who wrote Harper’s speech backing the Bush invasion of Iraq, that the speech was copied large sections from a speech given by another Bush supporter, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Lippert apologized fo being “over zealous in copying segments of another world leader’s speech” and that Harper was not aware of what happened.

One is left wondering if Harper pays any attention to what other world leaders say on such an important issue as the Bush invasion of Iraq. How could he have failed to recognize that his words were close to those of John Howard? In one sense, the issue is minor, in another sense, it represents a major problem in 2003 when many leaders accepted everything Bush said about Iraq and never did their own investigations.

Australians Leaving Iraq This Year

The newly elected government of Kevin Rudd has announced a change in Australian policy regarding the Iraq war. Australian troops will begin withdrawing from that nation in the coming months. Former Prime Minister John Howard, a close ally of President Bush, repeatedly said the troops would stay until the job was done and criticised Labor’s plan to “cut and run” as galvanizing terrorists. Apparently, his party has decided to change this stance and the Opposition foreign affairs spokesperson, Andrew Robb, recanted the Howard position and announced support for troop withdrawal. He claimed Howard would have followed this policy if he had remained in office.

Last July, Prime Minister Howard denied a rumor that he had a secet plan to leave Iraq saying it was “absurd.” But, in politics, when the people speak with their vote, those who are defeated rethink what cost them the election. Prime Minister Rudd said he would leave it to the public to judge whether Howard would have changed course. The bottom line is that Australia’s troop commitment in Iraq will soon be concluded.