Bush Thanks “Austrian” Troops In Iraq

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Too bad he was in Australia. [Note: There are no Austrian troops in Iraq; there are, however, 1,500 Australian military personnel]

UPDATE:  Apparently, that gaffe was one among many:

“Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit,” Bush said to Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

Except Bush was attening the APEC summit.

Bush quickly corrected himself. “APEC summit,” he said forcefully, joking that Howard had invited him to the OPEC summit next year.

Except neither Australia nor the U.S. are OPEC members, so Howard probably didn’t extend an invitation to a summit neither can attend.

And finally…

Then, speech done, Bush confidently headed out — the wrong way. He strode away from the lectern on a path that would have sent him over a steep drop.