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A Child’s Guide To United States Foreign Policy


This piece is currently floating around cyberspace.

Q: Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?

A: Because they had weapons of mass destruction honey.

Q: But the inspectors didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction.

A: That’s because the Iraqis were hiding them. [Read more…]

Howard ‘A Man Of Steel’ Says Bush

President George W. Bush has described Prime Minister John Howard as a “man of steel”.

The remark came during a joint press conference between the two men in Crawford, Texas.

Transcript of joint press conference with President Bush and Prime Minister Howard.


It’s an honour for Laura and me to welcome Prime Minister Howard and Mrs Howard to our ranch. We love coming here. It’s a place for Laura and me to really spend some private time, and to spend time with a friend makes it even more special. And John Howard has been a great friend. The Australian Government has been a great friend to the American people. The Australian people are great friends with the American people as well. [Read more…]

Howard Announces Cabinet Decision To Deploy Defence Forces In Gulf Region

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has announced that Australian forces in the Gulf region will be part of any US-led coalition to disarm Iraq.

Speaking at a press conference in Canberra, Howard said the decision “is legal” and “is directed towards the protection of the Australian national interest”.

Howard urged Australians not to take issue with Defence personnel. “Have your beef with the government, have your beef with me, do not have your beef with the men and women of the Australian Defence Force,” he said.

“Iraq has chemical and biological weapons and an aspiration to acquire nuclear weapons,” Howard said. “If Iraq does not have taken from it those chemical and biological weapons, other rogue states will think they can imitate Iraq and as more rogue states acquire chemical and biological weapons, so the danger of those weapons falling into the hands of terrorists will multiply.”

Transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s press conference, at Parliament House, Canberra.

I’ve called this news conference to announce that the Government has authorised the Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Cosgrove, to place the Australian forces already deployed in the Gulf region as part of any US-led coalition operation that may take place in the future directed in accordance with existing authority under United Nations resolutions to disarm Iraq. This decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting this morning following a further telephone discussion between myself and President Bush. He indicated that the final diplomatic attempts in New York to obtain strong support for the 18th resolution dealing with the disarmament of Iraq had come to an end. The Government strongly believes that the decision it’s taken is right, it is legal, it is directed towards the protection of the Australian national interest and I ask the Australian community to support it. [Read more…]

John Howard Comments On Blix Report On Iraq WMDs

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has commented on the Blix Report on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

Howard praised Hans Blix as a “measured Swedish diplomat” and said the most revealing sentence in the whole report “is when Blix said Iraq appears not to have come to a general acceptance, not even today, of the disarmament which was demanded of it and which it needs to carry out to win the confidence of the world and to live in peace”. [Read more…]