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The Election Heard 'Round the World


Here's a round-up of how the U.S. election is playing in a few places in the international media:

The Guardian:

"Whatever the final tally of seats in Congress after the midterm elections, President Bush faces growing pressure on all sides to adapt both the style and substance of his presidency in its final two years. Part of the pressure arises from the lessons of the campaign. The elections proved to be a referendum on Mr. Bush, and grassroots feedback was not encouraging for the White House. While many Republican candidates sought to disassociate themselves from their president, Democrats used his name to scare the children and rally support."

India Times:

"If the Democrats romp home, it may not be good news for India. Looking to render Bush completely toothless by the time the presidential elections come around, the opposition party may push for getting more out of India on the nuclear deal. So, though it seems largely unlikely, India needs Bush & Co. to win these elections."

Moscow Times:

"During his summer vacation, U.S. President George W. Bush bragged about his extensive reading list. It is apparently as a result of boning up on World War II history that he began referring to fundamentalist Muslims as 'Islamo-Fascists' and comparing Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and other regional baddies to Adolf Hitler."
"Drawing lessons from history is a good thing, but Bush may be reading the wrong kind of history. He might gain a better insight into the nature of his administration — and catch a glimpse of his own future — by reading about the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe."

Middle East Times:

"It appears, at this point, that despite the Republican effort, Democrats will win enough seats to control at least the House of Representatives. But a cautionary note here for the Arab World. Democratic control will bring change. But it will not be as dramatic as some hope (or others fear). Actually, it will have little immediate impact on the conduct of the war. The report issued by Baker-Hamilton will potentially have more impact, if the administration decided to adopt their recommendations."
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