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Manix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-04 10:56 PM
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Kerry is right, foreign leaders want Bush beaten


The Hill
by Josh Marshall


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The record of foreign elections over the last two and a half years is telling. It is difficult, if not impossible, to find a foreign leader who has supported Bush in any high-profile way and then survived a national election. True, its hard to find many examples beside Jose Maria Aznar. But thats because its hard to find any foreign heads of state who have been supporters of the president.

More revealing is how many foreign heads of state and candidates for national office from traditional American allies have successfully played the anti-Bush card in their election campaigns.


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As Fareed Zakaria hardly a lefty or a Bush-hater noted a year ago, the presidents policies have alienated friends and delighted enemies. Having traveled around the world and met with senior government officials in dozens of countries over the past year, I can report that with the exception of Britain and Israel, every country the administration has dealt with feels humiliated by it.

For anyone who follows foreign policy even remotely closely, it has to be close to a given that the overwhelming majority of foreign heads of state and foreigners in general hope that Bush will be heading back to Crawford next January.




The Hill
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boobooday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-04 11:06 PM
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1. Want Bush Beaten?
That works on many levels. And they, like many of us, probably would like to see him beaten on several levels.



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grannylib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-04 11:48 PM
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2. And he actually said "MORE leaders" not "foreign;" the reporter mis-
transcribed it from his tape apparently. So far I have noticed only Olbermann pointing that out...
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leftistagitator Donating Member (701 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-17-04 04:51 AM
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3. Same difference
What else could he have meant by more leaders? Why run from it, it's true, foreign leaders do want Kerry to win. The only foreign leaders in favor of a bush presidency are Sharon and Bin Laden, and Bin Laden only supports bush because he knows bush is incompetent. Even Blair would vote Kerry. I'm surprised, I figured bushes people would play the xenophobia card and try to link "crazy" foreigners to Kerry.
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