Australia vows to keep troops in Iraq if needed

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  1. Ben W

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    By James Grubel

    ADELAIDE, Australia, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Australian troops will stay in Iraq as long as they are required, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said on Thursday, ahead of talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

    Australia, a strong ally of the United States, has about 1,300 military personnel in and around Iraq, including forces training the Iraqi military and 450 troops providing security for Japanese engineers in southern Al Muthanna province.

    "For as long as we have a useful job to do, in particular in helping to train up the Iraqi security forces, we'll do the job," Downer told reporters.

    "When the Iraqi security forces can do the job, it will be time to leave."

    Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick will hold annual defence and security talks with Downer and Australian Defence Minister Robert Hill in Adelaide on Friday.

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SYD266728.htm
     
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    Australians have been good friends to freedom-loving people worldwide!
     
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    Little johnny is Dubya's lapdog, just does what he is told.
     
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    Explain. What would be the advantage for "little johnny" to be GW's lapdog. I always thought you Aussies had a mind of your own.
     
  6. Ben W

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    You know the situation of the constant disagreement between the Republicans and the Democrats in the U.S? Well the same thing happens in Aostralia, excepting that it is the Liberal party (who are right wing!) versus the Labor party who are left wing.

    Thus the Liberal Party is similar to the Republican Party, and the Labor party is similar to the Democrats.
     
  7. Pete

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    Beats me. Maybe so both of them would have at least one friend in the world? ;)


    We do, it's just a shame that so many were out of them at the time on election day :confused: [​IMG]
     
  8. hillclimber

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    So let me get this straight.
    Pete is not a liberal but a laborer.
    And Ben who I share many views with is a liberal.

    It's kind of like the British Parliment in the complexity of my feeble mind.
     
  9. Ben W

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    No I am do not vote for the Liberal Party in Australia, even though I do confess to being conservative in voting. I put mine down each election for either the Christian Democratic Party or the Family First Party, both of whom are Christian parties run by born again Christians. In some way similar I suppose to some of the smaller Christian political parties in the U.S. [​IMG]
     
  10. Pete

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    Take two...had a reply half typed and browser crashed on me...


    hillclimber, nope [​IMG] Pete never has voted for the ALP (Labor) and never will vote for the ALP.

    I was a member of the Christian Democratic Party for a few years, however the more I thought about the other parties and Australia's Preferential Voting System Scam the less impressed I became so now I just don't vote.

    If our system was changed to allow for optional preferential voting I'ld think about voting again, however as I can see no difference between the two majors, and the rest of the minors being just as incompetent and/or evil as the majors (if not more so), there is no way I could arrange a preference vote in any way that would let me sleep at night :eek: [​IMG]
     
  11. hillclimber

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    I stand corrected Pete.
     

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