NEW YORK — On Nov. 25, Australian voters replaced Prime Minister John Howard of the Liberal Party with Kevin Rudd of the Labor Party, who promised to withdraw Australian troops from Iraq. The new prime minister is preparing Australia for post-Bush America.

Howard joined Jose Maria Aznar of Spain and Tony Blair of England in becoming an ex-prime minister because of his blind allegiance to U.S. President George W. Bush. Loyalty to Bush has become fatal to the political lives of politicians who ignore voters’ increasing distrust of Bush. Shinzo Abe of Japan is also such a political casualty.

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