Schroeder Stays Soft


German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has kick-started his campaign with the same “Let’s Stay Soft” appoach he used in 2002. Of course, he’s added some great “Bush War-Monger” and “Look out! Here comes another war!” rhetoric for good measure:

Schroeder told an election campaign rally that the military option for resolving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme should be “taken off the table”.

“We’re all concerned about the developments in Iran,” he said.

“We don’t want nuclear weapons to proliferate further.”

But Mr Schroeder said diplomacy was the answer.

“I’ve read that military options are also on the table,” he said.

“My answer to that is: ‘Dear friends in Europe and America, let’s develop a strong negotiating position towards Iran, but take the military option off the table’.”

His words may cause irritation in Washington, where President George W Bush has just said he does not rule out the use of force in dealing with Iran.

It’s just amazing that this buffoon won the election last time with this dog and ppny show. It will be interesting to see if Schroeder can be persuasive enough to get the Germans to forget their record unemployment (the likes they haven’t seen since Hitler took over) and sluggish economy. If he can do that again, he deserves the win. The good news for Schroeder is that he has the leftist media on his side just as Kerry did last fall in the US.

German Blogger Davids Medienkritik adds:

The Chancellor clearly hopes to further exploit the growing pacifism and anti-Americanism that he and his party, with the help of many in the media, have helped to nurture in Germany. He knows that this issue remains one of the few with which he can resonate and score big political points with the public. And he’s going to play it for all its worth.

In his first major election campaign speech today, Schroeder reminded Germans of his staunch “no” to Iraq and attacked President Bush on Iran, stating:

“Take the military options from the table, we have already experienced that they are good for nothing.”

Military options good for nothing? That hardly sounds consistent with Mr. Schroeder’s policy on the Balkans and Afghanistan, where German troops have long been stationed and the Chancellor’s government supported military action. Let’s not forget that this is the same Gerhard Schroeder who put his government through a vote of confidence to secure support for sending German troops to Afghanistan over the objections of rebelling members of his own coalition. This is also the same Gerhard Schroeder who shipped German troops off to Kosovo without a UN mandate.

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