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Howard Blasts Obama’s Iraq Surrender Plans

From Australia’s News.Com:

Al-Qaeda praying for Obama win, says PM

February 11, 2007

PRIME Minister John Howard has blasted US presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying his policy of withdrawing troops from Iraq will destabilise the entire Middle East…

Senator Obama has introduced a bill to remove US combat forces from Iraq by March 31 next year – but the legislation has virtually no chance of becoming law while George W Bush is president, and the presidential election is not until November 2008.

In a strongly worded foray into US politics today, Mr Howard said an Obama victory in the presidential election would be disastrous for the war on terrorism.

"I think he’s wrong. I think that will just encourage those who want to completely destabilise and destroy Iraq, and create chaos and a victory for the terrorists to hang on and hope for an Obama victory," Mr Howard said on Channel 9.

"If I were running al-Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008 and be praying as many times as possible for a victory not only for Obama but also for the Democrats." …

"If America pulls out of Iraq in March 2008 it can only be in circumstances of defeat," Mr Howard said.

"There’s no way by March 2008, which is a little over a year from now, everything will have been stabilised so that America can get out.

"If America is defeated in Iraq, the hope of ever getting a Palestinian settlement will be gone, there will be enormous conflict between the Shia and the Sunnis throughout the whole of the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Jordan will both be destabilised.

"Al-Qaeda will trumpet it as the greatest victory they’ve ever had, and that will have implications in our region because of the link … between al-Qaeda and JI (Jemaah Islamiyah)."

Mr Howard said it was vital Australia stayed the course with the US and Britain, criticising Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd’s plan to withdraw Australian forces.

"You either rat on the ally or you stay with the ally," he said.

"If it’s all right for us to go, it’s all right for the Americans and the British to go, and if everybody goes Iraq will descend into total civil war and there’ll be a lot of blood shed."

He’s right, you know.

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