[LINK] Howard in the footsteps of Menzies
Wed, 12 Feb 2003 12:41:25 +1100
On Wed, Feb 12, 2003 at 09:57:39AM +1000, Russell Ashdown wrote:
> The question in my mind is: What, if anything will Mr Howard's
> submissiveness to the whims of the US government do to affect this
> country's relationship with the US? Will it give us as a nation more
> bargaining power with the US administration? Will our government now
> carry more weight with this administration and future US
> administrations than domestic US lobby groups? Will for example, the
> US administration now be predisposed to halt the "dumping" of US farm
> produce in competition with Australian produce?
AFAICT, we're getting nothing and likely to get nothing.
Turkey, on the other hand, is being offered a 25 billion dollar bribe to
allow US troops to launch an attack on Iraq from Turkey (without regard
to the Kurds who are in the way).
25 billion sounds like a lot of money, but it's not much compared to the
hundreds of billions worth of Iraqi oil reserves - estimated to be
worth over $60 billion per year at current rates of production.
PS: i still wouldn't be in favour of Howard's actions if we were offered
a substantial bribe for Australian support....but i could at least
understand the motivation if there was something in it for Australia.
craig sanders <email@example.com>
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