Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Interesting Op-Ed in 'The Australian' by one John McCain

A very interesting Opinion Piece in todays 'Australian'.
'Alliance into the 21st Century' ['Australian', 23 Sept 2008, John McCain]

"A LITTLE more than 100 years ago, president Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet steamed into Sydney Harbour...".

"...In the middle of 1908, Australians and Americans recognised immediately the kindred spirit of two rugged and energetic peoples separated by half the globe but united by shared hopes for mankind. That initial friendship would be forged into an inseparable bond through many struggles in the years to come. Ten years after the Great White Fleet left Sydney Harbour, American soldiers would serve under Australian general John Monash at the decisive Battle of Hamel on the Western Front. My father and grandfather would both serve side by side with the Royal Australian Navy in the Pacific theatre, turning back the Japanese tide and then building a post-war network of alliances that would usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in Asia.

From Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, I have seen first-hand how succeeding generations of young Americans and Australians have been ready to step forward together to defeat aggression and provide relief and recovery for the stricken...."

It may be a little more obvious why I hope John McCain and Sarah Palin are the next President and VP of the US - we KNOW John McCain is Australia's friend, and will engage with the world. Obama on the other hand spent much of his childhood in Indonesia (a country not necessarily our friend).

(I also had a look to see where else that article showed up - and found another great blog/site - Pat Dollard - described as an 'anti Michael Moore' - so he can't be too bad a guy)

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