Of course, Mark Latham has his own website.
It includes his speech that labeled George Bush “incompetent and dangerous”. Here it is in context:
“Bush himself is the most incompetent and dangerous president in living memory. It is a bit rich for him to be preaching democratic values when he himself failed to win a democratic majority in the 2000 presidential election. His war with Iraq is more about revenging his father’s mistakes, it is about the things that happened in Iraq and Kuwait in the early 1990s and it is about securing domestic political advantage. It is more about those things than a rational assessment of the best way to defeat terrorism. Post September 11, Bush needs to be seen to be acting, giving the American electorate a sense of revenge and puffed-up patriotism. If he cannot catch Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein is the next best thing, the next best strategy, for the American Republican Right.”
Interesting sentiment, one I think is shared by many in Australia, Europe, and even America.
But he doesn’t stop there – in relation to Prime Minister John Howard he says:
“In his statement to the parliament, the Prime Minister dismissed the opposition to war as anti-American prejudice. That is what he saidó`This is just anti-American prejudice.’ Fancy the member for Bennelong lecturing us about prejudice. This is the same Member of Parliament who opposed sanctions against South Africa, who wanted to cut Asian immigration, who opposed the Mabo judgment tooth and nail, who welcomed Pauline Hanson’s first speech in this place as an outbreak of free speech. He still refuses to say sorry to the stolen generation and, to this day, cannot bear to utter the word `multiculturalism’. Fair dinkum, this bloke has a PhD in prejudice; he has no right to be lecturing anyone else. “
Yep – pretty much sums it up for me…