January 2002: "Germany Softens Anti-War Stance"
February 2002: "German Government Signals Support for Iraq War"
They were all so hysterical about the US, with or without it's post-9-11 foreign policies, and so besotten with pandering to the constructed Bush-hatred in their electorates, that they will lie to save face, if needed, over their positions, statements and actions. Domino no. 1 is Gerhard Schröder, founding member of the axis of weasels.
Intervening himself, indicating that there was a rather person sense of his convictions, the story goes on to report:
Prior to the new year the German government, a coalition of the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens, definitively abandoned its previous posture of categorical opposition to a war against Iraq. When asked by Spiegel magazine whether Germany would vote against such a war in the United Nations Security Council, Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer (Green Party) replied, “This cannot be decided in advance, because nobody knows how and under what circumstances the Security Council will deal with this issue.”In his Presidential memoirs, George Bush presented this matter as it was reported then with an open hand, (not a Poka face.)
This statement provoked angry protests within the membership of the SPD and the Greens, but Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) immediately backed his foreign minister: “One only decides on one’s vote in committees when one knows the background to the decision,“ he told Spiegel.
Now the predictable German passive aggression point to a rather militant covering maneuver, with the very same publication, Spiegel openly calling George Bush a "liar" and supporting without interspection or curiosity the former Chancellor's specious assertion. In a strange attempt to impart more importance to Schröder and Germany with more relevance than it really had or has, they character as "an ongoing emnity", as if it was really there.
On Tuesday, the day that Bush's own presidential memoirs, "Decision Points," finally hit the shelves, Schröder went even further. "The former American president is not telling the truth," he said on Tuesday in Berlin.I'd shed a tear for any nation that looks to the likes of Schröder to lead it, but it isn't worth it.
Schröder was referring to a passage in Bush's memoirs in which the former president described a meeting that took place between the two leaders in the White House on Jan. 31, 2002. Bush writes that, when he told Schröder that he would pursue diplomacy against Iraq but would use military force should the need arise, the German leader responded, "'What is true of Afghanistan is true of Iraq. Nations that sponsor terror must face consequences. If you make it fast and make it decisive, I will be with you.'"
Bush continued: "I took that as a statement of support. But when the German election arrived later that year, Schröder had a different take. He denounced the possibility of force against Iraq."