Thursday, June 19, 2003 - The Sydney Morning Herald
'[PM Howard] defended Australian intelligence about Iraq's weapons program, and said the government had never tried to tamper with evidence to push the case for war... "I believe that people should be more patient about the discovery of further evidence." Mr Howard said the intelligence assessments were honest and were not exaggerated to suit the government's case against Iraq.'

With statements like these, Howard is just out there hanging on this issue. The opposition could go for the jugular if they had a man who knew how to win. Whitlam or Keating could have done it. But it takes both the thought and the courage to properly redefine Australia's national security interests and its foreign policy, and it seems both thought and courage are quite lacking.

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