Spain’s leader: Iraq ocupation a…

Spain’s leader: Iraq ocupation a ‘fiasco’

The Bushies have been yapping at Kerry to produce the names of foreign leaders who would back him. Well, of course the Bushies were lying about that too, because Kerry never actually said that.

But as it turns out, the Bushies got their wish.

In an extraordinary turn of events, the new leader of Spain just point-blank attacked the Iraq war calling it a “fiasco”, and aligned himself with Kerry.

Spain’s new leader intensified his criticism of the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq on Wednesday, saying it was “turning into a fiasco.”

Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero also refused to reconsider his pledge to pull his 1,300 troops out of Iraq by June 30, in a sharp break with the Bush administration.

Zapatero had signaled his dislike of President Bush’s policies during the Spanish election campaign when he said he hoped Democratic challenger John Kerry would win in November.

The International Herald Tribune recently quoted Zapatero as saying, “We’re aligning ourselves with Kerry. Our allegiance will be for peace, against war, no more deaths for oil, and for a dialogue between the government of Spain and the new Kerry administration.”

In the hourlong interview Wednesday on Onda Cero radio, Zapatero said that “fighting terrorism with bombs … with Tomahawk missiles, isn’t the way to defeat terrorism. …

“Terrorism is combatted by the state of law. … That’s what I think Europe and the international community have to debate,” he said.

Zapatero said the Iraq occupation “is turning into a fiasco,” noting that “there have been almost more deaths since the end of the war” than during last year’s U.S.-led invasion, and the United Nations still is not in control.

This could be a watershed moment.