A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Prime Minister John Howard has promised to stand by the United States in terms of Australia's presence in Iraq on the eve of an American reassessment of the recent military surge in the troubled nation.
"It's very difficult times for the US," Mr Howard told reporters in Sydney.
"One of the things that influenced my thinking is the belief that in the difficult time for your major ally, you should deliver as much international support and display as much international solidarity with your most important ally as is most appropriate.
"That's another reason why I don't believe in the reduction of our present forces (in Iraq)."
The bad news is that Howard may be defeated in the federal election to be held in Australia at the end of the year. Atlas Shrugs:
One of modern history's great statesman, a man of enormous integrity and pillar of strength on the West's war on Islamofascism may be unseated by a strip club addicted leftarded commie. Kevin Rudd, leader of the Labor/Union/Socialist party (Islam's most useful tool) is wrong on every issue. Just read his party's fawning invitation to America hater, Ahmadinejad lackey, and fellow comrade Hugo Chavez.
Now, it is inconceivable to me that a man of John Howard's character, stature and courage could be unseated by anyone but looking at the irrational state of the world - anything is possible. The USA is dangerously close to electing our first woman gangsta president, Tony Blair has been replaced by Gordon "don't call them Muslims !" Brown and Israel is being run by the PA.
Generally, we here in America can't be bothered by international elections. We don't give a rat's chad. But losing Howard is losing large. This would be a terrible blow for the Aussies and worse for us. There are few brave, strong, unequivocal men that know what must be done and does it - despite the consequences. John Howard is such a man.
An Australian commenter at Atlas Shrugs asks conservative bloggers to show more support for Howard:
I can't tell you bizarre it is here and how desperately grim the situation is.
We cannot lose John Howard to that baby faced wretch who can't spell jihad. Please do everything in your power to help. This is your campaign as much as it is ours.
President Bush is scheduled to meet Rudd next week. Rudd said he would not change his stance on the withdrawal of troops from Iraq:
Canberra, Australia (AHN) - Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd said Friday he will not alter his decision to withdraw troops from Iraq should his party win government in elections due later this year.
Rudd is set to meet with President Bush for discussions during next week's lead up to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Sydney.
Speaking to the ABC Rudd said he was looking forward to meeting with the President however would not be swayed on Iraq.
Rudd claims he is not a Socialist, however his party's platform is quite clear on the matter. The Age:
Labor's existing platform has the objective of "the democratic socialisation of industry, production, distribution and exchange, to the extent necessary to eliminate exploitation and other antisocial features in these fields".
Opinion polls show Rudd leading Howard, but there is a "bright spot" according to another Atlas Shrugs commenter: