Monday, August 09, 2004

It's not just Iraq where Kerry and Bush see eye to eye. Name just about any foreign policy issue, and it's difficult to tell the difference between these Bobbsey Twins.
There is a widespread public expectation in Europe � despite what U.S. polls show � that Bush will be ousted in November because of the troubled course of the Iraq war, analysts said.

But many European diplomats say they are coming to the conclusion that Bush and Kerry are close on key international issues and that there would be substantial continuity between the administrations.

Kerry, like Bush, insists that U.S. troops should not be tried before the International Criminal Court, the multinational tribunal that has been a contentious subject between Europe and the United States. The U.S. has not ratified creation of the court.

On another issue that divides the United States and Europe, Kerry has signaled that he would track the Bush administration on dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, although he has said he would more aggressively seek a solution.

One German newspaper, the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, suggested Europeans were in for a rude awakening if Kerry becomes president. Under the headline "The Big Kerry Illusion," the newspaper said Kerry would diverge from Bush, but any hope that he would more fully embrace the "global village" was "wishful thinking that will get a cold shower."
If Kerry does win in November, he will ride into office on a razor with his only mandate being to not be George W. Bush (which hundreds of millions of other Americans can also fulfill). Not only will Europe get a rude awakening in January 2005 under this scenario; so, too, will John Kerry!


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