Apr 10, 2014

Bob Carr the ‘authorised leaker’ and hypocrite

Bob Carr thinks it's in the national interest to reveal the inner workings of diplomacy. Too bad he did nothing to help others seeking to do the same, like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

An insider decides to break confidence and reveal the inner workings of a country’s foreign policy, including the malign influence of special interests, combined with tittle-tattle from the diplomatic cocktail circuit on the foibles of statesmen and women around the globe — all to the fury of a later government.

Step forward Chelsea Manning? Not at all, it’s former foreign minister Bob Carr.

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34 thoughts on “Bob Carr the ‘authorised leaker’ and hypocrite

  1. Itsarort

    The real question here is whether there’s any substance to Carr’s remarks. Julie Bishop’s comments in February that received grand accolades from right-wing pro-Israeli writers like Daniel Mendel, inferring that settlements on the West Bank are not illegal, strongly suggests that Mark Leibler and others ARE expecting some serious bang for their bucks.

  2. Elvis

    You can accuse Carr of many things, but I really don’t think the charge of bigotry holds water.

  3. klewso

    Is nothing sacred? …..Then again he was a journalist?

  4. DiddyWrote

    Carr always struck me as a pompous, braying ass and with these memoirs he has removed all doubt.
    What I have never understood however is why it was deemed so important to parachute the retired Carr into the position of Foreign Minister. It didn’t appear to improve Labor’s standing in the polls and Carr didn’t appear to bring any great talent to the position.
    Can anybody explain?

  5. laughlovenjoy

    Bernard’s spot on again. National interest my bottom. Self-interest all the way.

  6. prodigy

    Carr left NSW in a mess. As a stop-gap Foreign Minister he achieved nothing of note.

  7. Dez Paul

    Thanks, Bernard. I hope Carr reads this article and cringes, if not weeps. If he loves the good ol’ US&A so much he can migrate there.

    100% agree with you, DiddyWrote, except to add that he was, is and always will be a self serving, pompous, braying ass. He should’ve remained a valet with Macquarie Inc.

    Maybe Julia’s memoirs will shed some light on why he became FM. Stephen Smith, much more deserving, had to eat the bog baguette on that one.

  8. j.oneill

    The reactions to Carr’s comments on the Zionist influence on Labour during his term as FM have been unduly narrow in their focus. The fact of the matter is that the Israel lobby is extraordinarily powerful in Australia as it is in the US. That hold true irrespective of which of Tweedledee or Tweedledum currently occupy the Treasury benches. We have only to see how rapidly, and utterly with our fanfare, explanation or even mention in its election manifesto, the Coalition reversed the modest improvements in Australia’s voting pattern in the UN on Palestine-Israel issues that Carr promoted.

    Australia is once again in the select company of 5 or 6 nations who vote in support of Israel. It is an enduring disgrace.

  9. Pedantic, Balwyn

    Carr was pretty hopeless as NSW Premier, leaving it in a financially parlous state, though he wouldn’t be alone in that regard. He appeared to have few qualifications to be Foreign Minister, though again that hasn’t stopped a whole host of predecessors or even successors.
    However, in one area he is unique. His inability to understand that Israel feels threatened by its neighbours, as would any sovereign state surrounded by countries that are dedicated to its overthrow, is cause for some measured response from most non-Muslims, who are charged by their country with Foreign Affairs, but not our Bob.
    He has adopted a one eyed view that Israel is all bad and anyone opposing them is all good. Obviously it’s not so, there rights and wrongs on both sides. However it is wise to spend time in Israel and surrounding countries to gain an understanding of the conflict between them and not rely on “lunatic left” attitudes from Sydney’s inner suburbs to condemn the Jewish lobby out of hand.
    Encroachment of the Left Bank, displacing Palestinians, is abhorrent. But so is shooting missiles into homes and school yards from Gaza, South Lebanon and the West bank. Two wrongs do not make a right, and if the Jewish lobby work effectively and assiduously to win support for their country who can blame them. After all the Arabs States, particularly from the Gulf spend copious amounts for the same purpose.

  10. CML

    So…let me get this straight, only those you all agree with should be allowed freedom of speech. Got it!!

    Who are the hypocrites again? Do tell.

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