Today US President George Bush told lawmakers that he would be sending 20,000 more troops to Iraq.
And Australia? What will we, as a “firm and faithful friend“ who is “in there with the President in the fight against terror” be doing to help? Send a small additional contribution of troops ourselves perhaps? Well”¦not exactly because according to Alexander Downer.
Australia has no intention of changing our troop numbers.
So what will be our role Mr. Downer? How will we be helping President Bush, the Prime Minister’s personal friend in his hour of need? What will be our business to look after?
We’re in the business of saying that it’s important that insurgents and terrorists are not victorious in Iraq.
Talking the talk. It’s a tough job. But someone has to do it.