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OSAMA: Brendan Nelson’s faux pas

Military affairs expert Sasha Uzunov says then Defence Minister Brendan Nelson’s decision withdraw Australian special forces from Afghanistan let Osama bin Laden “off the hook”.


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  1. And we needn’t worry now that Commodore Rudd is on the job and bringing back some much maligned gun boat diplomacy! In no time he will be leading his own flotilla or armada around the region dispensing wisdom and largesse and rattling a few sabres unless of course a celeb were to show up in which case he’d be hard a starboard straight into the photo opp navy whites and all. And the name of the flaship? HMAS???
    A Hollowmen episode in the making for sure.

    Posted by Anon Anonski | September 11, 2008, 8:50
  2. In his article Sasha says:

    “In the irony of ironies, the then Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd said the previous reduction of Australian troops in Afghanistan was an absolute mistake that let Osama bin Laden, leader of the terror group Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, off the hook”

    However, Simon Crean as leader of the ALP at the time in fact welcomed the withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan the first time around. If Rudd, as Opposition Foreign Affairs spokesman was so concerned by the decision to pull the troops out, why didn’t he speak out then?

    It is very easy for Rudd to criticise the decision in the context of an election campaign, where a troop pullout from Iraq was an issue. But never forget that Rudd was a player at the time the troops were pulled out and didn’t express an opinion. If Rudd is indeed the Grand Pumba of foreign affairs as he has us believe then surely he would have seen the current situation developing a 100 miles away…

    Although this is also the man who said that it was a matter of empirical fact that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and has since disowned his statement.

    Just an interest point I though worth sharing.

    Posted by Anon | September 11, 2008, 11:54