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'Smooched' into another military coalition

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29.08.2019

Yes, Mr President: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has agreed to be part of a new US mission in the Gulf, but there are questions over whether we should be a part of it. Picture: AP

They've done it again. An LNP government has again put our military in harm's way, this time by joining Trump's so-called "coalition" to focus on freedom of navigation in the Straits of Hormuz, without much prior consultation, except with the Americans, and without any parliamentary process or approval.

This time it has been described as a "modest, meaningful and time-limited" contribution. Our initial commitment is a frigate, surveillance aircraft and personnel. The UK and Bahrain are the only others to join this "coalition" at this stage.

This is against the background of us joining GW Bush's illegal invasion of Iraq, and then in the war in Afghanistan, which cost us billions, and is still costing in terms of having to deal with the continuing psychological and physical consequences for many of our military personnel, as well as the unnecessary loss of life and serious injury.

In each case our commitment has had more to do with Australian leaders seeking to ingratiate themselves........

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