Well, finally the US Democrats have plumped for Barrack Obama to run for them in the US Presidential race… I have to say this seems like a good move as I believed Hillary Clinton was running for her personal ambitions rather than for any greater ideal about American politics. One US political reporter stated that she wouldn’t throw in the towel for the benefit of uniting the Democratic Party because she is only interested in maximising the result for Team Clinton.
Putting aside the impeachment of her husband, I always thought Bill Clinton was a good US President and that he and the Democrats did a lot to further peaceful relations in the Middle East etc… but I just cant see Hilary doing that. So from a US Foreign Policy perspective, I am glad Obama has the nod.
This in turns brings me to his Republican opponent John McCain. If there was a person who was worse and more feared than George W Bush, then it’s this nutter. You will never see a more militant right wing gun nut than John McCain. He is already on record that he wants to “take out Iran” and “finish the job” in the Middle East. This is a scary man! And I fear that pre-election the current Republican regime will do something drastic in Iran. To sum it up, I believe if McCain is the next US President, we’re all fucked. Food, petrol up… economic recessions and depressions in and a world that will be unsafe anywhere as the already horrendous wars and terrorist events will only escalate up to new levels.
Hopefully a more moderate UK leadership, a UN still smarting from the lessons learnt from last time, and our own KRudd not towing the US policy mantra like Johnny Howard did will see us avert a worse crisis than what is going on today in Iraq.
I can’t vote, but I sure hope you Americans do the right thing at the polling booths!