PM risks being left adrift, exposed
Description: With the Republicans set to lose seats in the U.S. mid-terms and with Bush's waning influence, the Prime Minister will have few allies to press his neo-con agenda.
Date: 06 November 2006
Author: Michael Byers
Source: Toronto Star
The political tide has turned. Later today, the Democratic party will almost certainly win the majority of seats
in the U.S. House of Representatives.
It might even gain control of the Senate, though that race remains too close to call. Across the United States,
conservatives are floundering; here in Canada, the currents around Stephen Harper are beginning to swirl.
The mid-term elections have been dominated by the Iraq War. With nearly 3,000 U.S. soldiers killed since
March 2003 —105 last month alone — the failure of George W. Bush's signal foreign policy has become too
obvious for Americans to ignore.
Even the president's most ardent supports are jumping ship, including Richard Perle and his Canadian
sidekick, David Frum.
Harper shared Perle's enthusiasm for the invasion of Iraq.
Together with Stockwell Day, he wrote, in an article in the Wall Street Journal: "Disarming Iraq is necessary
for the long-term security of the world, and for the collective interests of our key historic allies and therefore manifestly in the national interest of Canada."
Fortunately for Harper, who doesn't have to deal with Iraq today, Jean Chrétien made the right call.
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