Australia must keep troops in Iraq to protect US ties




 
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October 27th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: Australia must keep troops in Iraq to protect US ties


Media: AFP
Byline: N/A
Date: 27 October 2006



SYDNEY, Oct 27, 2006 (AFP) - Australia should keep its troops in Iraq in
order to protect the country's ties with superpower ally the United States,
Prime Minister John Howard said.

Howard, a keen supporter of US President George W. Bush's administration,
told supporters at a dinner in New South Wales late Thursday he stood by his
domestically unpopular decision to send troops to Iraq and would assume
responsibility for it.

Loyalty and friendship were critically important and were only tested when
under pressure, the conservative prime minister stressed.

"And the idea that Australia could walk out of Iraq and walk out of the
coalition (of the willing), and imagine that that would be prosperous in
terms of our alliance and our friendship with the United States is living in
fairyland," he said.

"Part of our obligation as a good friend to the people of the United States
is to understand the importance of maintaining a place in that alliance and
the importance of maintaining our involvement in the coalition," he said.

Pulling troops out of Iraq would also condemn the country to certain civil
war, he said.

Australia joined the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and still has about
1,300 troops involved in operations in the area.

But Howard is coming under intense pressure from the public and political
rivals to withdraw the force, as the US appears to sway in its commitment to
stay in Iraq until complete peace and democracy are installed.

An ACNielsen poll published earlier this month found that 59 percent of
Australians say their nation's troops should leave Iraq now, with only 36
percent believing they should stay.
October 29th, 2006  
Prince
 
 
my personal opinion on that overall and this particular part of what was said "Howard, a keen supporter of US President George W. Bush"

if mr howard would stop being bushes lil lap dog maby we wouldnt have got into iraq in the 1st place.
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it is one thing to have allies...but our prime minister is nothing but a lap dog to bush and thats taking things too far.
October 29th, 2006  
fingolfin361
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Prince
my personal opinion on that overall and this particular part of what was said "Howard, a keen supporter of US President George W. Bush"

if mr howard would stop being bushes lil lap dog maby we wouldnt have got into iraq in the 1st place.
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it is one thing to have allies...but our prime minister is nothing but a lap dog to bush and thats taking things too far.
i heard similar reactions to mr. blair a while ago
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October 29th, 2006  
bulldogg
 
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Prince
my personal opinion on that overall and this particular part of what was said "Howard, a keen supporter of US President George W. Bush"

if mr howard would stop being bushes lil lap dog maby we wouldnt have got into iraq in the 1st place.
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it is one thing to have allies...but our prime minister is nothing but a lap dog to bush and thats taking things too far.
Is English your first language?
October 30th, 2006  
AussieNick
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Prince
my personal opinion on that overall and this particular part of what was said "Howard, a keen supporter of US President George W. Bush"

if mr howard would stop being bushes lil lap dog maby we wouldnt have got into iraq in the 1st place.
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it is one thing to have allies...but our prime minister is nothing but a lap dog to bush and thats taking things too far.
You are an embarrassment to Australians. Watch your language. If you don't like Howard, say so with a rational comment. If not, keep it to yourself.
October 30th, 2006  
Prince
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AussieNick
You are an embarrassment to Australians. Watch your language. If you don't like Howard, say so with a rational comment. If not, keep it to yourself.
as i said it is my personal opinion. this is a discussion board, i am not forcing my beliefs onto you i am merely expressing how i feel on the topic at hand, nobody has to agree with me.
October 30th, 2006  
bulldogg
 
 
Aye, but there are rules as to how you are allowed to present those beliefs on this forum. If you haven't read the rules it would behoove you to do so.
November 1st, 2006  
AussieNick
 
As above. Keep things all above board here and there won't be any problems.
November 1st, 2006  
Prince
 
 
fine i'll go read the rules again

i feel like im back in school in detention lol

edit : just read em sir
November 4th, 2006  
Padre
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Prince
my personal opinion on that overall and this particular part of what was said "Howard, a keen supporter of US President George W. Bush"

if mr howard would stop being bushes lil lap dog maby we wouldnt have got into iraq in the 1st place.
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it is one thing to have allies...but our prime minister is nothing but a lap dog to bush and thats taking things too far.
young Prince: bear in mind that the Bali bombings that killed many Australians who were the deliberate target of Muslim extremists, occured in October 2002 and the present Iraq war commenced in March 2003. Also if only some of the information leaking out about the Sydney Kings Cross bomb plot is true (the full story is sketchy) then extremists were ploting death and destruction - in some shape or form - at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.

For these and other reasons the 'War on Terror' involves Australia independent of the USA, and PRE-DATES the current Iraqi operation which by the way was/is wanted and welcomed by pro-democratic Iraqis. These human beings want peace and freedom. We can help win it for them.

As for your style of commentary follow the good advice of Bulldogg and AussieNick
 


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