President George Bush may be upset today because his close friend and ally, Prime Minister John Howard of Australia, went down to a crushing and humiliating defeat in the Australian election. A major issue of the campaign was a promise by the incoming prime minister, Kevin Rudd of the Labor Party, that he was opposed to Australian participation in the Iraq war. Election results indicate the Labor Party and its Green allies will capture at least 86 out of 150 seats in parliament and the total may even go higher. Prime Minister John Howard stands a chance of losing his own seat as voters expressed their indignation at the current leadership of their nation.
Let us hope the people of Australia have shown the American people what to do next fall. Perhaps, the defeat might even impact current Republican presidential candidates to reconsider their views on the Iraq war.