"It was a crazy decision, probably the most short-sighted blunder in Australian foreign policy in recent memory".....Prime Minister Abbott on the Indonesian trade suspension.
Lets just think about that one Tony....Most of can come up with a few major foreign policy blunders in recent years.... spying on the Indonesians, for example, which threatened more than just the LE trade. However, its pretty hard to go past one of the most significant short-sighted foreign policy blunders Australia has ever made....the decision by Howard's Liberal Government to invade Iraq for the "weapons of mass destruction" that werent there....something that set Iraq up for a civil war and also for increased global terrorism under IS (all predicted prior to the invasion). This terrible blunder has had enormous consequences for those in our armed forces, Iraqi civilians, the whole of Syria and probably most of the world for decades to come. Bit more significant than a temporarily grumpy Indonesia and a few sad farmers dont you think? Is there some short-term memory loss here?
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