On Tuesday, April 24, 2007, Prime Minister John Howard resolutely vowed to continue Australia’s participation in the War in Iraq:
CANBERRA – Prime Minister John Howard says one reason he won’t withdraw Australian troops from Iraq is because it would humiliate the United States.
Two Australian soldiers were injured in southern Iraq yesterday when a roadside bomb exploded as their light armoured vehicle passed by.
Mr Howard did not comment on the incident today.
But he said America’s power and support was important for Australian security and he would not support a policy that weakened it.
It would be a “colossal blow to American prestige in the Middle East and around the world” if the coalition pulled out of Iraq and appeared to have lost the war, he said.
“I’m simply not going to support a policy that leads the humiliation, the withdrawal and the weakening of American power and prestige around the world,” he said.
“That would give great power to terrorists.”
Seems Prime Minister Howard is more concerned about American power and prestige than our own members of Congress.