Increase support by withdrawing

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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 02:48 pm

Former Reagan staffer Doug Bandow ridicules Australia’s level of military involvement in Iraq:

How very nice. Australia wants America to stick around in Iraq …

To its credit, Australia has provided some troops in Iraq—but not many. As Sen. Obama archly observed: “Mr. Howard has deployed 1400 [men], so if he is [ready] to fight the good fight in Iraq, I would suggest that he calls up another 20,000 Australians and sends them to Iraq” …

Allies can be useful, but only if they are willing to back up shared interests with manpower, money, and other resources. Advice is cheap, especially when it is Americans who are doing the dying.

That was Bandow a few days ago in the American Spectator. But in today’s Australian, Doug calls for our troops to be withdrawn:

Australians apparently are growing uneasy with the Prime Minister’s embrace of a US administration that has been thoroughly discredited at home … By refusing to send more troops, Canberra could begin to reassert Australia’s interest.

Indeed, instead of adding to its current garrison, Australia should begin withdrawing its troops, while advising Washington to do the same.

So much for “backing up shared interests with manpower, money, and other resources”. Bandow has previously beclowned himself on matters Australian; why is he even published here?

(Via Hal G.P. Colebatch)

Posted by Tim B. on 02/19/2007 at 03:15 AM
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