When Australia’s Foreign Minister, Bob Carr met with US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney interesting things ensued.
One of the things that Carr said was “America is just one budget deal away from ending all talk of America being in decline.”
While that is not something a Republican would want to hear – much like Tony Abbott here, the Republicans would rather destroy their economy and put millions out of work, if it meant putting one man – Obama – out of a job.
Apparently Julie Bishop saw something terrible in that quote. She said that Carr was talking about the decline of the US and it ‘will be seen as an unwelcome intervention into the US presidential election’ and that ‘it’s highly embarrassing for Julia Gillard’.
I suppose in Julie Bishop’s world Carr’s comment could be misinterpreted in the negative – completely unlike John Howard’s comments during the US 2008 elections.
I think that would just encourage those who wanted completely to destabilise and destroy Iraq, and create chaos and victory for the terrorists to hang on and hope for (an) Obama victory… 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.
Carr’s praise for the strength and resilience of the US economy does not even come close to comment by Howard.
The embarrassment would be never ending if Julie Bishop was to become Foreign Minister. She is nowhere near being in the same class as Bob Carr, or former FM Kevin Rudd.