"Have further terrorist attacks been prevented? No they have not been.
Has any evidence of a link between WMD and the former Iraqi regime and terrorists been found? No.
Have the actions of rogue states like Iran been moderated? No.
After five years, has the humanitarian crisis in Iraq been removed? No it has not."
Sound like a left-wing blogger? Yes.
In fact it is Kevin Rudd, Australian Prime Minister, announcing the return of Australian troops from Iraq.
THE withdrawal of Australian combat troops from Iraq reopened old wounds yesterday, when Kevin Rudd accused the Coalition of taking the nation to war based on a lie.
In a terse statement to Parliament, the Prime Minister said the Howard government had embarked on the mission using abused intelligence and "without a full and proper assessment" of the consequences.
Supporting the war without approval of the United Nations had set a dangerous precedent and undermined the international system, Mr Rudd said.
As a measure of the Australian committment -
"Roughly half of our infantry and cavalry is somehow tied to those deployments," he said. "This is an unsustainable position." The Iraqis had not asked the Australian troops for help in 20 months, he said, and they were needed elsewhere.
And in return all they got was an American Free Trade agreement - free for America, nothing for the Aussies for another 4 years...