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The New York Times says U.S. war plans are reckless. The French say it's wrong and illegal. The Brits are preparing the gallows for Tony Blair. The Germans are cluck-clucking, still smarting over the Kyoto Accords.
A sizeable chunk of the American public — always nervous about war — are doubly shaken by the fact that our allies in this war are Bulgaria, Spain, Britain, Qatar, Kuwait with some grudging help from Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
In addition to reservations about war, some Americans and an enormous part of world public are gnashing their teeth about George W. Bush himself. They think he's a lightweight. They think he doesn't think. They think he doesn't care about the little people who will get hurt or killed in this war.
The Europeans don't believe him at all. If Saddam Hussein called President Bush to say Iraq had 1,000 nuke bombs, and Bush were the one to announce it to the world, the Europeans and Arabs and a sizeable chunk of the British and American public would say, "Bush is lying".
It is perhaps a failure on Bush's part that Saddam is a more believable person that he is. The Iraqi dictator's PR campaign certainly is one for the textbooks.
But I think this is the result of the French and Germans, who have done so much business with Iraq and are so deep in their anti-Americanism that only a world hand-holder like Bill Clinton is to their liking.
That's what this is really all about. The France and Germanys of the world want to vote for our president, and they want to reject the ones they don't like.
There's nothing we can say but no and goodbye. Adios. Arrivederci. Au revoir. Hasta la vista, baby.
And in case you didn't hear it already, it's time to clear out of Iraq.
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