If I’m not mistaken the Beazer is actually getting some traction right now. Witness yesterday’s delightful poke in the Prime Minister’s eye in Parliament, where the Beazer with an admirable paucity of prolix jabbed out these belly punches on the failed strategy in Iraq.
One: Sending Australian troops to war in Iraq on a lie.
Two: contributing to the spread of radicalism sporting a new generation of Islamic terrorists.
Three: Committing Australian troops to a war with no end.
Four: Exposing Australians to an increased risk of terror at home and abroad.
And then a flurry of uppercuts to drive home where the PM’s failing strategy is taking us.
One: the power of Iran has increased massively.
Two: (sadly with added prolix) the various circumstances in which the United States needs to act and those of its allies need to act have been compromised.
Three : (prolix now returning with a gush so I’ll translate) A middle east region that is rapidly spinning out of control, and where ours, and the US’s influence is at is its lowest ebb because of the continuing pursuit of this failed strategy.
I’m surprised the PM didn’t respond with the now empty slogan “cut and run”, but what he did say was this:
I say to the leader of the opposition what he’s now advocating would result in a humiliating defeat for our greatest ally.
The humiliating defeat is inevitable . Any half smart PR firm would tell you to admit that you screwed up, apologise, and ask for forgiveness. That’s what the AWB should have done when it had the opportunity, and that’s what the Coalition of the Stupids should do now.
Stirling Newberry’s strategy might be an option for the US.
The only road to a stable solution set is to partition Iraq formally, and embroil directly the regional powers so that they cannot promote their interests destructively without cost. This is an unpalatable direction for policy, it will strengthen Iran, end Iraq as a bulwark against Farsi expansionism, and create three states all of which are dependent on the outside for their continued existence.
But Kimbo’s right on the money for Oz. The troops should come home. What’s the point of sharing in President Bush’s humiliating defeat?
Nukes : A sign of further strategic incompetence.
In an attempt to divert attention from this debacle, the PM tries to go on the front foot on his second failing strategy Global Warming. As we now know The PM’s going all Nukey on us.
I believe very strongly that nuclear power is part of the response to global warming, it is clean green, it is something in relation to which many rabid environmentalists have changed their views over recent years
He is right. It is part of a response. But it just so happens that it is in effect this government’s only response. The Beazer this morning blasted it as “nonsense” and it is. It’s a short-sighted blinkered response.
Where will this technology come from to build these Nuke Stations? Overseas is the answer. We’re going to be coughing up big bucks to some foreign firms, that delivers us no technological edge, no future advantage, when we should instead be investing in cutting edge new solar stuff of our own, to make up for the hollowing out of our manufacturing base, and the loss of jobs to Indian IT shops. Flog the Uranium off for the time being, we can live with that, but we don’t need to be buying other people’s smarts when we could be investing in our own.
This government’s got no strategy anymore. It’s just got spin.