Howard to exit in “months not years”
George Bush has an exit strategy for Australian troops in Iraq. By advocating Howard’s re-election, he is helping to make sure that little Johnny will be another casualty – collateral damage.
Bush’s attempt at bullying Kevin Rudd and by implication Australian public opinion will not work again. When Rudd speaks of “we” he is talking about a sizeable majority of voters.
It’s ‘déjà vu writ large. Three years ago just before the election we were told that conditions were improving “on the ground”. We had to stay the course. Now the surge is working. Trust the generals and the failed political leaders in Washington, Canberra (or is that Sydney?) and Baghdad.
Now we face the ultimate spin. Our conundrum: We have to stay in Iraq because we may be winning and it’s only a matter of time. Or alternatively things are so bad that if we leave it will be a disaster for the world, not just Iraqis.
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