Monday, August 15, 2005

German Chancellor Lectures Bush...Again

Thanks for watching our backs Gerry.

Germany attacks US on Iran threat

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has warned the US to back away from the possibility of military action against Iran over its nuclear programme.

Or what, you’ll invade Poland?

His comments come a day after President Bush reiterated that force remained an option but only as a last resort.

Force is always an option. He said ‘last resort’. That’s fairly benign for Bush. Relax. No one would expect Germany to lift a finger to help anyway.

Germany, France and the UK have led efforts to end the crisis peacefully.

To which Iran and the mad mullahs have been silently laughing their heads off. One must wonder how much it will cost in bribes for the Europeans to succeed.

Mr Schroeder's rejection of force came at the official launch of his party's election campaign.

And there you have it, the old tried and true German campaign strategy. Bash America.

"Let's take the military option off the table. We have seen it doesn't work," Mr Schroeder told Social Democrats at the rally in Hanover, to rapturous applause from the crowd.

It seems to have worked to me. Last time I checked, Saddam was dodging the paparazzi in his tighty whities. At what point would the Germans concede that force might be needed? Would it take a nucular tipped SRBM landing in Tel Aviv to do it?

"This is why I can with certainty exclude any participation by the German government under my direction," Mr Schroeder tells the paper.

Which is already a forgone conclusion.

The UN's atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, backed a resolution this week expressing "serious concern" at the resumption of the nuclear programme, and demanding it be halted again at once.

I can feel the Ayatollah quaking in his sandals. If 'serious concern' doesn't do the trick, they may have to resort to righteous indignation.

Mr Schroeder is lagging well behind his conservative rivals in the German election campaign, but has been narrowing the gap in recent days.

It’s too bad that Schroeder took the ‘improve the German economy’ option ‘off the table’ as an election strategy. I wonder if the Germans will wise up this time. I doubt it.

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