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Bid for Australia's top post may turn on Bush, Iraq war

The headlines here are warning that it could be “Howard’s Last Stand.” Struggling with tepid election-year approval ratings and dogged by bad publicity over the Iraq war, third-term Australian Prime Minister John Howard is fighting for his political life. He has blitzed the media with new policy announcements, from medicare to the environment. But the core of his campaign strategy remains the same: promoting a strong antiterror alliance with the United States. It’s a risky strategy. As one of Bush’s staunchest foreign allies, Mr. Howard may share the fate of Spain’s former President Jose Maria Aznar, who joined forces with the US to oust Saddam Hussein, only to be routed in March elections after terrorists bombed trains in Madrid.Full Story

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