But The Monk does not have to say all that because the NY Post did it already. This all started when Howard voiced his disagreement with Obama's proposal to pass legislation requiring the removal of all US forces from Iraq by March 2008. When Howard stated that al-Qaeda would welcome Obama's election as president (a sentiment with which The Monk agrees -- just look at the terror masters' reaction to the Democratic takeover of Congress), Obama popped off.
. . . the notion that Howard is no more than "one of George Bush's allies on the other side of the world" stunningly understates a political, economic and security relationship that extends back to the 19th century - and obtains to this day.
That Obama doesn't already know this - and respect it - gives deeper meaning to the term "not ready for prime time."More insulting is Obama's heinous suggestion to Howard:
". . . if [Howard] is ginned up to fight the good fight in Iraq," Obama said, "I would suggest that he call up another 20,000 Australians and send them to Iraq. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of empty rhetoric."
That's simply disgusting.
But Howard is both wiser and smarter than Obama. And the Aussies don't back down from idiots.
"I hold the strongest possible view that it is contrary to the security interests of this country for America to be defeated in Iraq," Howard said. "Let me make it perfectly clear, if I hear a policy being advocated that is contrary to Australia's security interests, I will criticize it."
Good on ya!