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By jardinier ·
I don't know what kind of coverage the American media gave to John Howard's visit to America, but in reply to a question from a reporter from the Australian newspaper regarding Mark Latham's promise to withdraw Australian troops from Iraq by Christmas, if he is elected as Prime Minister before then, Bush gave a straightforward and honest answer which amounted to dictating what Australia's policy should be on this issue.

Not that Mark Latham will take any notice of this, but I think Bush should have said something like: "I cannot comment on Australia's foreign policy." or: "It would not be appropriate for me to comment on the foreign policy of another country."

Currently 63 per cent of Australians think Australia should never have gone to Iraq in the first place.

I don't think that Bush's comment will endear him to Australians.

Whilst Mark Latham has criticised Bush, he has not done so on a live telecast to the whole nation, and certainly not in a way that would be readily picked up by all Americans.

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by surrealx In reply to Bush tries to dictate Aus ...

In relation to this discussion, I thought you guys might find the below link interesting. It gives a general view of how the population of Australia regard the American alliance, in light of Richard Armitage latest comments. It may also help some of you see, or understand, why the way the US behave creates such an anti-american sentiment in other countries.

http://www.smh.com.au/yoursay/2004/06/11/index.html

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