At the beginning of each year, many people make predictions. Some are plainly silly, others amazing far-sighted. Such an erudite prediction was made by then Australian Prime Minister John Howard in 2007. From The Sydney Morning Herald:
Prime Minister John Howard has launched a broadside against US presidential hopeful Barack Obama, warning his victory could destroy Iraq and prospects for peace in the Middle East.
Mr. Howard’s stinging attack against the popular Democrat, who formally launched his bid for the Democratic candidacy overnight, also appears to commit Australian troops to staying in Iraq well into 2008.
Only days after saying Australia’s alliance with the US was about more than his personal friendship with US President George Bush, Mr. Howard warned that an Obama victory would be a boost for the terrorists.
How did he know?
If I was running al-Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008, and pray, as many times as possible, for a victory not only for Obama, but also for the Democrats.
He knew the same way that everyone that carefully reviewed Obama’s background and belief system knew. We have one more year, a feckless Congress, a corrupt judiciary, and a President with a pen and a phone and “unfinished business.”
God help us all.