November 8, 2005


Egg on faces, head to toe (Matt Price, November 09, 2005,

You'll recall that when John Howard demanded an urgent, if peculiar amendment to the criminal code last week to counter a potential but unnamed terror threat, the Prime Minister was almost knocked flat by the corresponding sonic boom of cynicism.

Which, to a point, was entirely understandable. Howard may be our Great Protector, but when all is said and done he's still a crafty operator. To believe the PM doesn't weigh everything he says and does for political gain is like awarding Paris Hilton a Nobel Prize for services to chastity.

Nonetheless, the circumstances of last week's brouhaha meant the smart money was always on Howard acting in good faith.

Cautious support from Kim Beazley and the premiers, all briefed on the seriousness of the situation, suggested the quirky switch from "the" to "a" was no bald ruse. Yesterday's flurry meant that smart money produced an early return and left strident critics looking like mug punters. Or, as Nationals senator Ron Boswell magnificently mangled, with "egg all over their face from head to toe".

You don't suppose Tony Blair and George Bush are likewise resonding to ongoing danger rather than grandstanding?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 8, 2005 5:56 PM

Mr. Judd;

The problem is that war is more psychological than physical, especially for the USA. That makes some level of grandstanding necessary. We can't lose the war as long as the American people are willing to fight it. This is precisely why the Caliphascists and Tranzis are waging the media battle. If the leaders of the Anglosphere surrender in that fight, then there's a real possiblity of losing the war.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at November 8, 2005 6:46 PM

How? As soon as they kill Americans again it forces whoever's president to respond violently.

Posted by: oj at November 8, 2005 7:24 PM


I think AOG is saying that we should hope it stays that way.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at November 8, 2005 8:39 PM

It does.

Posted by: oj at November 8, 2005 11:37 PM

It is just impossible for us to lose this war. We are just too strong in all areas and they are too weak. If there ever is a real risk, ONE Ohio class sub can destroy every Muslim country from Morocco to Pakistan and still have missles left.

Posted by: Bob at November 9, 2005 10:13 AM


You're missing the point. There are no dangerous weapons, only dangerous people. Who is going to fire those missiles on the submarine? Who is going to authorize it? Who is going to pay for maintenance? Do you think, for instance, that France's nuclear weapons can protect them from the current intifadah there? Do you think even the most modern arms could do so, if the French political class lacks the will to apply deadly force?

If you want to read more on this, just check out this post by Mr. Judd which describes how cultures can lose wars despite a preponderance of modern weaponry.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at November 9, 2005 12:59 PM