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US beats up ALP again « Previous | |Next »
July 9, 2004

The US is at it again. Richard Armitage is criticising the ALP. Only this time it is not the ALP policy on Iraq that is being criticised. Armitage is directly helping Howard's Liberals get re-elected by seeking to damage the ALP within the context of a domestic election. He has a become a participant in the election.

From the ABC's Lateline programme last night:

TONY JONES: "Richard Armitage has now made two forays into Australian politics in the last month.

Has he crossed the line between legitimate commentary and interference?

MALCOLM FRASER: I think Richard Armitage crossed the line quite a long while ago because it's not the first time he's done this.

It's worse because we're approaching an election but he has, on a number of occasions, said, for example, that if there is a war between China and America over Taiwan, Australia would have to do a good deal of the dirty work.

Now that's not his decision to make.

It's Australia's decision as, hopefully, an independent country.

And the intervention, not only of Richard Armitage but his bosses, in our political scene, I think, are quite unforgivable."

The former Liberal Prime Minister says it simply and well. Paul Keating's language was more colourful. But he reinforced Fraser's position by saying that "Mr Armitage has made yet another unwarranted and untimely partisan intervention in the Australian political debate."

From this event I suspect that the US-Australia alliance is bing used by both Howard and the Bush Adminstration to keep Howard in office.

Even the friends of the US in the ALP are dismayed at the partisanship being displayed.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:39 AM | | Comments (0)