Skip to comments.Howard stands by Vietnam War commitment
Posted on 11/20/2006 10:46:33 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
The Prime Minister, John Howard, says he still supports Australia's controversial involvement in the Vietnam War.
Mr Howard made the comment as he was leaving Ho Chi Minh City at the end of his first official visit to Vietnam.
He told reporters he will not recant his support for Australia's military role in Vietnam in the 1960s and '70s.
"I supported our involvement at the time and I don't intend to recant that," Mr Howard said.
"I believe that in public life you are accountable for the decisions that you take.
"I didn't hold any position of authority then, but I supported the reasons for Australia's involvement.
"Nothing has altered my view that at the time, on the assessments that were made then, I took that view and I took that view properly."
No "mush mouthing" from this guy.
It's quite refreshing.
Can we change the constitution so he can run for president?
You're not getting him!!! :-)
Outstanding. A very refreshing guy.
He makes me feel sooooooooo proud to be an Australian!
He's a bloody sensation! A very hard act to follow - we'll just have to keep him there for another 20 years or so...
<< He makes me feel sooooooooo proud to be an Australian >>
It makes me so proud that for more than a hundred years the Australian Nation -- and not just, from time to self-serving time, a few of its politicians -- has been America's First and Best Ally.
As is exemplified by men like John Howard and, on the other side of politics, has been epitomized by the likes of John Curtin, of whom his political foe, Paul Hasluk, wrote: "John Curtin did not fight hard to become prime minister and showed some reticence about assuming office. Having come to the heavy responsibilities and finding them greatly increased by a new turn in the war that was already being waged, he grew in wisdom, character and strength with the added burdens that were laid on him. His own dedication was complete. He held back nothing from his service to the nation [and]...he lived out his own text: 'I ask every Australian to go about his allotted task with full vigour and courage ... We shall hold this country and keep it as a citadel for the (English Speaking Race) and as a place where Civilization will persist."
God bless you all. God bless Australia.
And God bless A..US!
(Once, in more noble and glorious trans-Tasman times, known as 'AnzUS')
,,, an up to date shot of one of the protestors from that time.
Steady on there Shaggy, I not long had my dinner!
Mind you, I guess that some country had to elect a transvestite as its leader.
<< Steady on there Shaggy, I not long had my dinner! >>
Me too, shaggs. Bit rough, Mate! (And I've seen better teeth on dog-tucker rams)
<< Mind you, I guess that some country had to elect a transvestite as its leader. >>
You mean Peking Clark's not a bloke? And (effective) election-nullifying garrulous Kiwi gadabout, Winston Peters, is not a shiela?
I like this guy.
Can we outsource 2008 to the Aussie's?
Yes, you should be proud and so should I. Very upstanding leader...
Shaggy, she'd be the ugliest excuse for a sheila this side of Helen Thomas!
,,, how I wish we had a two term limit like the US has.
,,, she's hardly ever in the country, but manages to comment on everything that her Ministers should be, from wherever she is at the time... very much like Klinton's globe trotting all expenses paid journeys offshore.
,,, Winston, Labour's Minister for Foreign Affairs? LOL It just keeps getting better, doesn't it?
>> We are SOOOOOO very proud of our PM!!!
<< It just keeps getting better, doesn't it? >>
If I ever saw a clearer and/or more in-your-faces example of political cynicism, even among the self-anointed, self-appointed and self-perpetuating manifestations of abject evil that "govern" Ms Clark's most-favored former soviet union and "china," it has, thank God, escaped my memory.
Quoting Austin Power
She is a man BABY