For your amusement, the “paper of record” manages to make a complete hash of its “analysis” of the Australian election.
Another potential fissure is over America’s military presence in Australia. An expansion of America’s forward basing abilities, which was part of the agenda of Donald H. Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary, has gone on almost unnoticed in Australia’s vast Northern Territory. This is not likely to sit well with Labor’s left-wing base…
…Mr. Howard was often lampooned by his critics as being Bush’s poodle, a word which some also used to describe Mr. Blair. But a look at the record suggests that Australia did well out of the relationship. Tariffs were lifted on Australian steel, a free-trade agreement was signed, and Australia alone enjoys visa requirements for professionals that allow some 10,500 a year to enter the United States.
Yeah, so well we got a free trade agreement that, according to economic analyses at the time, gave us virtually nothing that we couldn’t have gotten by unilateral action. And concerns about US bases in northern Australia? Even the Greens, who remain opposed to those bases, didn’t campaign on the issue.