Sep 2, 2014

Hawks turn dovish on upcoming Iraq invasion

Plenty of usually right-wing commentators seem to have taken a jump to the Left on the issue of whether Australia should commit troops to Iraq this time around. Crikey intern Andrei Ghoukassian gets the lay of the land.

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While Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten are in lockstep regarding Australia’s need for a military role in Iraq, it is not just the Greens and the dovish Left who have come out against a new wave of Western military intervention.

The Lowy Institute’s Sam Roggeveen, who initially supported the 2003 Iraq War, last week called for a statement of Australia’s intentions in Iraq and an honest assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State:

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4 thoughts on “Hawks turn dovish on upcoming Iraq invasion

  1. SusieQ

    Thank goodness the Greens and some of the other Senate independants are opposing this stupidity.

  2. griffin27

    In these times of so-called budget emergency for Australia, I would like some journalist, somewhere, ask Mr Abbott, “What is your budget for this war?” After all, education’s budget is shrinking it seems, so is that of health. Helping people via the overseas aid program is now less affordable. Yet the media seems to accept that this new adventure, based on ‘helping people’ (very commendable), can operate on a budget that is open-ended, and renewable for the forseeable future. Can someone remind the government of their fiscal responsibility?

  3. klewso

    “There’s always money for war and photos!”

  4. Brown Nathanael

    Abbott needs a war.

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