March 22, 2003

THE AUSTRALIAN discovers an insight

THE AUSTRALIAN discovers an insight into John Howard's thinking:

Howard seems to have left his ultra-brief speaking notes (written on hotel notepaper) at the lectern after he gave a controversial press conference last week in the Kiwi capital Wellington, linking the campaign against Iraq with the Bali bombings. And this is what the PM, who famously shuns speechwriters and typically speaks off the cuff, wrote down: "Disarming Iraq is part of the wider war vs terror, because of Iraqi's past and ongoing support for terrorists. If Iraq is not disarmed there cd be more terrorist attacks like Bali or worse (worse sharply underlined)". So frightfully simple.

Sometimes it is.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 22, 2003 05:14 PM