Friday, April 13, 2007, John Howard: “They know this surge, if it works, could represent a turning point”.
At what point in the Iraq civil war did the then prime minister of Australia make his highly qualified statement? What would his use of the words “if” and “could” have indicated to listeners at the time? On listening to the archival recording of his statement, would you say Howard’s voice expressed a lack of conviction? Did the US surge of early 2007 in fact become a turning point and if so, in what direction did the war turn?