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Aust: Labor leader recommends Iraq "exit strategy"

Australia: Labor leader recommends Iraq “exit strategy”

World Socialist Web Site

By Rick Kelly
14 January 2006

The tactical infighting within the American and British political establishments over how to successfully prosecute the Iraq war has received a belated echo in Canberra, with Labor leader Kim Beazley calling on Australia and its allies to develop an “exit strategy”. Labor’s intervention into the strategic “debate” only serves to underscore its complicity in the Howard government’s participation in the illegal US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq.

“We’ve got to get out of Iraq,” Beazley declared on Sydney radio January 9. “We’ve got to get a timetable, we’ve got to get an exit strategy—not only us, the Americans and the British as well. Now, the British are working on one, that’s obvious, and the Americans are as well. What John Howard seems to be trying to do, instead of making this deployment of troops our last rotation in the Al Muthanna province, he seems to be trying to find an alternative location for them—he should not.”

The leader of the opposition went on to accuse the Howard government and its partners in Washington and London of creating a training ground for terrorists and of increasing the risk of a domestic terror attack. While Beazley has made similar comments in the past, his latest remarks were somewhat less muted and received wide coverage in the Australian media.

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