Monday, July 19, 2004

Foreign Leaders for Kerry

The Repugnicans have lambasted John Kerry for months over his "Foreign Leaders" remark, and saying, in effect, "So What?" Well...

NEW YORK, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bush administration is finding few volunteers abroad who will offer troops to secure the critical U.N. mission to set up Iraqi elections, Newsweek has learned. As of last week just two nations had indicated interest, though "I don't think anyone's said yes yet," says a senior U.S. official. Washington is so nervous it has even enlisted Pakistan, although President Pervez Musharraf has his hands full with Al Qaeda and the Taliban in his backyard. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari also pleaded for NATO to provide the United Nations with protection. But NATO refuses to do more than train Iraqi troops. On other key issues, too, like the resolution of Iraqi debt, the Europeans have reduced talks to a "slow roll," as one Bush official puts it.

With the U.S. presidential election only four months away, "governments in Europe and elsewhere are waiting [it] out," a former senior foreign-policy official in the Clinton administration tells Newsweek. "They don't want to do anything to help Bush." That may be a partisan view, but it is endorsed by several foreign diplomats, reports Senior Editor Michael Hirsh in the July 26 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, July 19). Very few will admit, even off the record, that they want to sway the election toward Kerry. But one senior European diplomat, in an interview with Newsweek, comes close. "Some countries in the European Union will not do anything to prevent a regime change in Washington," he says.
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Sure, folks overseas can't vote in our elections, but they certainly aren't obligated to make anything easier for Bush*...

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