This article has nothing at all to do with the ‘withdrawal’ method of contraception.
Dick Cheney, when asked whether Australia pulling its troops out of Iraq, as per Labor Party policy, would damage Australia’s relationship with America, replied ‘I don’t see any prospect of damage to the alliance‘. Did he mean that it’d be OK if we pulled our troops out, or that he doesn’t think we’d be so silly?
Regardless, and playing to the Teledemographic audience, Kevin Rudd is overjoyed. Meanwhile John Howard struggles to reinterpret it as a bit of diplomatic cuteness on Cheney’s behalf. The unspoken inference is that if he doesn’t follow his instructions to the letter, Dick will kick his arse, all our arses, to Kingdom Come. But how much truth is there in that?
Is America really such a bully that they would punish an ally, a mature democratic capitalist nation, for a policy difference on an issue which is already the site of much contention in US domestic politics?
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