A war of invasion only ends because the invaders win, lose or are pulled back home. None of these look set to happen.
The press are not really making much of this, but Abbott’s gaffe over Afghanistan is probably a major blow to his leadership inside the party.
Highlighting the coalition’s hypocrisy by contrasting its response to Hick’s detention at Guantanamo is a good example, but surely Dr Haneef’s case is a better one.
It seems very careless of Rudd to agree to launch a book that has let out one of Labor’s most closely guarded and politically damaging secrets – that they dread the possibility of Costello as leader of the Liberal party.
Howard’s problem was that not only had the union movement clearly had its day but we also had here a Labor Prime Minister to tell everyone the fact.
Blaming Howard for lying for some people became much easier than dealing with their own political weaknesses.
Howard is right in saying that Labor is a friend to terrorism is not part of his campaign. The question is, why not?
The changing politics of the War on Terror and Iraq has created some awkwardness at the APEC conference because it is hosted by a leader who cannot adapt to it.
If Rudd’s principled ‘withdrawal’ from Iraq is a bit of a fraud, it is no less so than Howard’s ‘commitment’.
Having forced the debate away from international issues, Howard is now being forced to turn back to them with the APEC summit.