True Believer: John Howard, George Bush and the American alliance

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Allen & Unwin, May 28, 2014 - Political Science - 240 pages
When John Howard stood in a press conference at Washington's Willard Hotel just after the planes crashed into the Twin Towers on September 11, he knew exactly what to do. Australia would quickly pledge support for its great and powerful friend.

In True Believer, Robert Garran examines Howard's unswerving belief in the radical and dangerous doctrines of George W Bush. He argues that in his eagerness to join Bush in his war in Iraq, Howard failed to comprehend the perils. More than that, Howard has hijacked Australia's national story with his conservative nationalism - and is now using that story to take Australia on a dangerous journey.

With debate on the US alliance set to continue and with many Australians seeking a strong alternative to Howard's risky position, True Believer is both timely and thought-provoking.


Acknowledgements 1 Selfdeception
Menzies child
Mildmannered radical
Howards new nationalism
September 11
Great and powerful friends
A dangerous doctrine
Road to war
No turning back
The witches exist
House of straw

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Page 86 - Without any inhibitions of any kind, I make it quite clear that Australia looks to America, free of any pangs as to our traditional links or kinship with the United Kingdom.
Page 75 - America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.
Page 95 - Each Party recognizes that an armed attack in the Pacific Area on either of the Parties would be dangerous to its own peace and safety and declares that it would act to meet the common dangers in accordance with its constitutional processes.
Page 95 - For the purpose of Article 5 an armed attack on one or more of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack on the territory of any of the Parties...
Page 86 - We know the problems that the United Kingdom faces. We know the constant threat of invasion. We know the dangers of dispersal of strength, but we know, too, that Australia can go and Britain can still hold on. We are, therefore, determined that Australia shall not go...
Page 95 - The Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.
Page 95 - For the purpose of Article IV, an armed attack on any of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack on the metropolitan territory of any of the Parties, or on the island territories under its jurisdiction in the Pacific or on its armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the Pacific.

About the author (2014)

Robert Garran has been writing about foreign policy, politics and economics for more than 20 years. He has worked as foreign affairs and defence writer and Japan correspondent for the Australian, has written for the London Economist, the Melbourne Age, the Australian Financial Review and the Diplomat and has worked as a political advisor for the Australian Labor Party. He is the author of Tigers Tamed: the end of the Asian miracle, and co-author with Don Greenlees of Deliverance: the inside story of East Timor's fight for freedom.

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