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Paul Dibb, Crimea, US bull in “China shop”

19 March 2014

The Crimea crisis largely stems from decisions made by Washington and Brussels since the collapse of the Soviet Empire more than two decades ago. While China is now exhibiting a more aggressive attitude than did Russia after the collapse of the USSR, Paul Dibb makes a number of questionable assumptions and leaps in logic (with holier than thou attitudes) which are, all too often, the trade-mark of US foreign policy. Can the US respond to Chinese assertiveness is a measured way? Or, will it get logically lost as it did with Russia, and make the situation worse?

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Beazley and Fullilove as fools

16 January 2014

Australian Ambassador to the US, Kim Beazley, has reportedly (“The Australian”, 15 January, 2014) endorsed comments apparently made some years ago by John Howard when asked to describe Australia: “Like California, only more supportive of the US government”. Beazley seems to share with Michael Fullilove, of the Lowy Institute, an excessive loyalty to the past and present governments of the US; indeed, their loyalties to the US may be equal to or even exceed those to Australia.

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Greg Sheridan and Cameron Stewart “on the take”

15 December 2013

Greg Sheridan seems to have had a conversation with his good mate Tony Abbott in which they agreed to let Cameron Stewart report, in “The Weekend Australian”, on some Australian “national security” secrets.

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Peta Credlin and Abbott, like Hitler-Bormann

5 December 2013

The Abbott-Credlin relationship seems, in many respects, similar to the Adolf Hitler – Martin Bormann relationship. Tony Abbott and his chief of staff Peta Credlin are enforcing a culture of “obsessive centralised control phobia”, according to Liberal National Party senator Ian Macdonald. According to another Coalition member: “The level of control is far in excess of the Howard government at its peak. It’s Peta Credlin who is the problem, she’s a control freak.” In Hitler’s case, Martin Bormann controlled his – and also much more than his official title suggested. This is because Hitler generally did not like to immerse himself in detail and often let Bormann handle such matters. Does this sound like Credlin and Abbott?

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National Security Myth

2 December 2013

On 27 November, 2013 the British High Court – at the urging of Foreign Minister William Hague – blocked the release of government held information on the murder, by radiation poisoning, of the former Russian FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. His wife has continually sort the release of all government-held information for an inquest, but the government has refused to do this. On Wednesday, Justice John Golding of the High Court said: “Nothing we have decided reduces the importance of open justice. However, no court can fail to take into account issues of national security, whatever the litigation may be.” In my view, when the three – narrowly focused intelligence professionals, not always particularly smart politicians, and impressionable judges – come together in a certain mix, the result can easily be a distorted view as to what constitutes “national security”. I strongly suspect that this is what has happened in the case of Litvinenko.

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