First thereâ€™s Poland, where the winner in the Prime Minister race campaigned on a platform promising to pull his countryâ€™s combat troops out of Iraq:
Tusk said that, by the end of next year, Poland would withdraw its 900 troops from Iraq, where it leads an international contingent of about 2,000 soldiers from 10 nations in the south-central part of the country. …
Tuskâ€™s call for a pullout came as no surprise. He campaigned on promises to end the unpopular mission, clashing on the issue with his opponent, then-incumbent Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who argued that withdrawing would amount to desertion.
But it looks like deserting the US is what Polish voters wanted.Â Meanwhile, down under on the other side of the world:
Conservative Prime Minister John Howard suffered a humiliating defeat Saturday at the hands of the left-leaning opposition, whose leader has promised to immediately sign the Kyoto Protocol on global warming and withdraw Australiaâ€™s combat troops from Iraq.
Labor Party head Kevin Ruddâ€™s pledges on global warming and Iraq move Australia sharply away from policies that had made Howard one of President Bushâ€™s staunchest allies.
What stinks in all this is that voters had to vote for leftists and environmentalists to pry their countrymen out of the Iraq insanity.Â But thatâ€™s one of the consequences of Bushâ€™s and Roveâ€™s political strategy of packaging pro-war interventionism and creeping authoritarianism as â€œconservative.â€ So, thanks, Neoconsâ€”youâ€™ve given us real conservatives a bad name.Â Our punishment will be American voters looking to the ugh! Democrats to restore sanity.Â What a cruel jokeâ€”but thatâ€™s whatâ€™s happened to us.