December 26, 2007

WHAT DO MERE PARTIES MATTER TO ANGLOSPHERICS?:

Beginning of a more beautiful friendship (Greg Sheridan, December 27, 2007, The Australian)

IT was good to see Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Aussie troops just before Christmas. That is the right place for a leader to be. Rudd bolstered the troops' morale, showing them that we all care about them.

The trip also had geo-strategic purposes. In Iraq, Rudd is withdrawing our combat troops, but he underlined Canberra's continuing commitment to help Iraq, not least through military assets, and indeed help the US project in Iraq.

In Afghanistan, Rudd said Australia was committed "for the long haul" to fighting the Taliban.

These are admirable and important statements. They indicate clearly that, contrary to the wishes of some commentators, Rudd is not withdrawing from Australia's global engagement in security matters, including involvement in the Middle East.

It also means the US-Australia intimacy of recent years, especially the military intimacy and its all-important intelligence aspect, will continue.


What was he going to do, make Australia a vassal of China?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 26, 2007 1:46 PM
Comments

Trekkers-forth, a people of the wagon train--what did we expect?

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 26, 2007 5:17 PM

What makes war in Afghanistan okay, but in Iraq?

Posted by: erp at December 26, 2007 5:44 PM
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