Sunday, November 25, 2007

News From Down Under

Slow posting -- Mr. Beale and I are still traveling and I haven’t had internet access in three days. But I did pick up this piece of good news from Australia:
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has suffered a humiliating election defeat and the opposition Labor Party has swept into power.


Former diplomat Mr Rudd, 50, presented himself as a new generation leader compared with the 68-year-old Mr Howard.

Voters warmed to his promise to pull Australian troops out of Iraq and sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, further isolating the US, which had received strong backing from Mr Howard.

At least where Iraq was concerned, John Howard seemed to follow President Bush’s lead, not the wishes of Australians. I think there’s a lesson to be learned here for American politicians.

(h/t, Salon)