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One Japanese politician, Foreign Minister Taro Aso, has suggested that U.S. President George W. Bush has been “naive.” Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma has said Bush was “wrong,” and now the opposition party (Democratic Party of Japan) leader Ichiro Ozawa enters the Bush-bashing fray by saying the war in Iraq was “absurd.” Where were these astute critics of U.S. foreign policy in February 2003?

Now that the invasion for freedom and democracy has turned into a quagmire of blood and chaos — a military debacle on an epic scale — Japan’s leadership turns like a pack of hyenas to leap at Bush’s exposed throat. A terrible fate for any “lame duck” president, don’t you think?

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