Another Bush/Iraq War supporter suffers

The Coalition of the Failing continues. Last year Tony Blair's Labor Party maintained power but lost a bunch of seats with the Liberal Democratic Party picking up a bunch, the Spanish PM was given the heave-ho, and now it's beginning to look a lot like Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's PM is on his way out.

According to Doug Ireland: "The very first exit poll released Monday placed Romano Prodi's 'Unione' center-left coalition sufficiently ahead of Berlusconi's 'Casa della Liberta' (House of Liberty) to make a Prodi victory appear a virtual certainty."

MSNBC writes that "One potential issue — Iraq — was largely deflated before the campaign began, when Berlusconi announced that Italy's troops there would be withdrawn by year's end." Yes, right, like that's enough to just deflate the entire issue of Iraq, because the PM ran with his tail between his legs after the debacle of the botched Sgrena rescue. This neither changes the fact that Prodi was against the Iraq War nor that Berlusconi painted himself as the Bush ally to the end.

Just last month in fact, Berlusconi spoke before the US Congress in an attempt to, as Fox News put it "parlay into votes his closeness to Bush, even as his main rival tries to score political points by attacking U.S. policies." Well, it appears that closeness to Bush is once again a liability around the world.

This is of course cause for mixed emotion. While it's great to see the world oppose the dangerous Bush doctrine and to make its voice heard, it's also another concrete example of the degradation of the moral leadership the world once looked to us for. (Direland)

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