By John Braddock:
New Zealand PM quashes criticism of US military escalation in Iraq
16 January 2007
The New Zealand Labour government’s duplicity—and cowardice—over the criminal invasion and occupation of Iraq was underscored last week when it silenced critical remarks made by a senior cabinet minister about US President Bush’s plan to dispatch a further 21,500 soldiers to the war-ravaged country.
“It is hard to see how an additional 20,000 to 25,000 troops are going to be capable of making any real difference and this has an eerie Vietnam revisited element to it.
One wonders whether the lessons I would have expected to be learnt from that fiasco have been learnt in any way at all.
It is literally years since Mr Bush landed on an aircraft carrier and announced the war was over.
I don’t know whether he remembers that,” Anderton said.
Anderton’s limited observations produced an immediate and sharp rebuke from Clark, who intervened from overseas to publicly insist that they were “not made on behalf of the government”.
From the beginning, Clark has run a double-handed policy on Iraq, distancing herself at home in order to adapt to the widespread hostility to the war, while manoeuvring in the international sphere to comply with Washington’s open-ended “war on terror”.
In 2003, one month after tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out in the main cities and provincial centres around New Zealand to protest the invasion, Clark was forced, under the threat of economic sanctions, to apologise to the White House for suggesting the war would never have happened if the Democratic Party candidate, Al Gore, had won the presidency.
Bush’s Iraq escalation strategy causes divisions in his Republican party: here.
Bush’s TV interview: here.
How much the Iraq war costs people in the United States: here.
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