Prime Minister John Howard offers insights into Australia's own "special relationship" with the United States beginning with why Australia's participation in the Iraq war was in his nation's best interest. Echoing parallels with the United States, he offers his views on multiculturalism - which he calls "a very confused credo" - and Australia's role in the "Anglosphere," particularly as it relates to China, its largest and most powerful Asian neighbor.
He speaks of the current financial crisis and the need to remain confident in the market and the dangers of overregulation. Finally, he answers "What should Americans know about Australia that we don't?"
John Winston Howard
John Winston Howard was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. He is the second-longest serving Australian Prime Minister after Sir Robert Menzies.
He previously served as Treasurer in the government led by Malcolm Fraser from 1977-1983 and was Leader of the Liberal Party (thus also Leader of the Coalition Opposition) from 1985-1989 through the 1987 election against Bob Hawke. Elected again as Leader of the Opposition in 1995, Howard became the Prime Minister of Australia after defeating incumbent Paul Keating in the 1996 election. His government was re-elected in the 1998, 2001 and 2004 elections.
Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits the Hoover Institution's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, "Uncommon Knowledge."
Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP; and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA.
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard remains optimistic despite political and economic policy coming out of the Obama administration that goes against the conservative trends of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher during the 1980s.
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard expresses reservations over economic stimulus strategies that substantially grow budget deficits. He also predicts the US will emerge from the global crisis with the strongest economy.
(born July 26, 1939, Sydney, N.S.W., Austl.) Prime minister of Australia (19962007) and leader of the Liberal Party (198589, 19952007). Howard became a solicitor to the New South Wales Supreme Court in 1962. In 1974 he was elected to Parliament as a member of the Liberal Party and served under Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser as minister for business and consumer affairs (197577) and as federal treasurer (197783). Howard became leader of the Liberal Party in 1985, but, after failing to unseat the Labor Party in 1987, he was defeated in his bid to retain leadership in 1989. He regained power in 1995 and engineered the defeat of Labor in the elections of March 1996. He was reelected in 1998, 2001, and 2004. In the 2007 general election, the Liberal Party was defeated by Labor, and Howard lost his seat in Parliament. Shortly thereafter, he stepped down as party leader.
Well it is interesting that he is admitting unabashedly that Australia benefits from stability provided by the US. As opposed to France, Belgium and Germany, who benefit but deny that it is a benefit.
I think government sponsored terrorist attacks are sufficient cause to act in ones self defense. He makes the point, and I think it must be considered, that at the time these decisions were made the question was one of when the next attack would come. With a few years distance it seems like we were panicking, but if widespread attacks were to happen again I think we would be asking why the government is not protecting us. Why they are not doing more. Let us hope we don't need such a practical demonstration to resolve these disputes of a realistic plan of action in such cases.
How can one take this man seriously when he is admittedly a US puppet. He does not believe that Iraq was involved in the 911 attacks but he does believe Iraq could be involved in future terrorist attacks. So now on the belief that a nation can or could be involved in terrorist attacks this is sufficient to warrant this nations invasion and unlawful occupation. What a great concept of democracy and liberty for all. This makes me sick just to listen to this man. And its always in the best interest of Australia to support America because after all they are the guarantor of peace and security. Another statement that makes me want to vomit. Does this mean that this imbecile is willing to support America even when America is involved in war crimes? But of course, and he has demonstrated this more then once.