This according to her Prime Minister John Howard:
"It's very difficult times for the US," Mr Howard told reporters in
"One of the things that influenced my thinking is the belief that in
the difficult time for your major ally, you should deliver as much international
support and display as much international solidarity with your most important
ally as is most appropriate.
"That's another reason why I don't believe in
the reduction of our present forces (in Iraq)."
Fair weather patriots and fair weather friends. Australia is neither of these!