Are we allowed to disagree with Uncle Sam?

Tim Dunlop over at Road to Surfdom analyses the Australia-US alliance and the growing rift between the PM and the electorate about how we handle ourselves in that alliance.

This is basically handing our foreign policy decisions to the United States. It is saying that there are no circumstances under which it is acceptable for us to act independently of them. That’s not an alliance: it’s an arranged marriage between Imam and a thirteen-year old child bride.

For a blog that often has huge ideological spats occurring there, there’s almost no dissent to Tim’s analysis from the commentors. A few choice one-liners:

No wonder the little booger is a baldy. Years of tugging the forelock to one side of the Atlantic, then the other. He’s probably got tugger’s elbow as well.

and

For Allah’s sake, there are more Australian soldiers in the main street of Townsville on a Saturday night than there are in the whole of Iraq.

Here’s a tip for those who fret about what the Americans will say if we withdraw from Iraq: Let’s leave in the middle of the night without telling anyone. There’s a better than even chance that the Americans won’t notice.

The thread degenerates not long after that, but it’s good reading till then.



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