Howard on Obama

As you've all no doubt heard, John Howard made the odd decision to lash out and attack Barack Obama today. One thing I haven't seen mentioned on American blogs is that I know Howard's Australian critics think he's a racist. As in John Quiggin's observation that "Whenever it has appeared possible to ride a wave of prejudice in Australia, Howard has sought to do so, sometimes successfully and sometimes not." So his brief intervention into US politics may just be part of that pattern and have nothing in particular to do with Obama, Iraq, our election, etc.