(By Ray D.)
Perhaps the largest October surprise in Germany is the BILD newspaper's endorsement of President George W. Bush. BILD, which has the widest circulation of any newspaper in Europe, lists the following 10 reasons why Bush should be re-elected:
Update: The list we had up earlier was an abbreviated summary of the 10 reasons. We have now translated BILD's list of reasons in their entirety. Here they are:
1. Bush has clear priorities. He sees the inhuman Islamic fundamentalism and the murderous mullahs as the largest danger for the Western world.
2. Bush has learned the lessons of history. Military strength, not pleasant talk, is the only thing that helps against violent fanatics. And with Bush -- unlike with Kerry -- there is no doubt about this.
3. Under Bush, the US, as a superpower, will continue to bear the financial, military and casualty burden in the fight against terrorism in a "holy war" which Islamic fanatics unilaterally declared.
4. Along with fighting terror and the terrorists, a re-elected Bush will do everything he can to prevent nuclear proliferation. That is especially true with regard to the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea.
5. Bush has learned that America can defeat every country in war, but needs allies in peace. Thus, his second term will be characterized by cooperation with international partners. But he will not depend on how Syria or Libya vote at the UN.
6. Bush knows that Europe and Germany don’t have the military at their disposal to become involved in any further foreign military engagements. Therefore he won't ask them for help. Kerry will do exactly that – and will further burden already damaged German-American relations.
7. Under Bush, America will remain a reliable partner for Israel in its fight for survival. That must especially be in our German interest.
8. Republicans have always been stronger supporters of free trade than Democrats. That is also true of Bush when compared to Kerry. And that is good for Germany as an export nation.
9. Every new American administration makes mistakes. Bush has already made his. Kerry, on the other hand, has of yet held no (executive) position in the government. He would be worse prepared than most Presidents preceding him.
10. With Bush, we know what to expect. With Kerry, nobody knows what he stands for and where he wants to lead America – and the world.
Certainly, BILD should be applauded for its courage. Supporting George W. Bush in a nation where the overwhelming majority of the leftist dominated media absolutely seethe with hate for Mr. Bush is no small matter. The newspaper's email inbox is likely jammed with thousands of angry, outraged emails by now. But BILD's action proves that not all Germans have bought into the anti-American, anti-Bush mindset of most of the nation's media publications.
Via Cox & Forkum: Most of Germany's Angry Leftist Media and Intellectual "Elites" Just Can't Understand Pro-Bush Americans...
On another note, Stern magazine, a left-wing publication, has come out in favor of Senator Kerry.
Stern Endorses Kerry (Left: Last week's Stern depicts an American cowboy boot crushing German workers. Right: A Stern from earlier this year depicts Bush and the ruins of the World Trade Center with the headline "How America Lied to the World.")
Stern's Chief Editor Thomas Osterkorn writes:
"With John Kerry a more reconciliatory President would occupy the White House. He is simply closer to the Europeans and the Germans."
More reconciliatory? Keep in mind that the German government has already clearly stated that it will not send troops to Iraq, regardless of who wins the election. The French have effectively said the same thing. What countries will Kerry get more troops from at his "summit" to internationalize the effort in Iraq? We honestly couldn't tell you.
And Mr. Kerry has already insulted America's current allies as a "coalition of the bribed and coerced." What nations will want to join him in a war that he himself called a "mistake" and "the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time?" Those are important questions the American people will have to consider on election day.
Be sure to check out our list of recommended readings on Germany, the USA and the upcoming elections.
Note: For those of you who missed it, Medienkritik has also made an endorsement. It may surprise you...it may not...
Speaking of endorsements: Here is an article from the Washington Post (not exactly known as a conservative paper) pointing out that members of the US National Guard fighting the war in Iraq and their family members overwhelmingly endorse the leadership of President Bush by a two-thirds majority. Around three-quarters of active military support the President. That wouldn't seem to indicate Iraq is a disaster as some have claimed...
Update from David: Here's a guy who doesn't agree with BILD's endorsement. Michael Moore disagrees with BILD as well, calling John Kerry a real "liberal" on CNN. And here's another online poll, in the German daily WELT...Choose your candidate and then click "abstimmen" at the bottom of the page.