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Jim is uniquely valuable to national security, but the Coalition has dumped him

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Imagine you're a political party looking to run the country. You face a tough world where the Chinese Communist Party is advancing and America is retreating. You need a national security strategist with first class military understanding.

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You happen to have one on your backbench. What do you do? Do you make sure to keep him in your ranks? Or do you allow factional hacks to cut deals to look after their mates and force out the qualified expert?

If you are the Liberal Party in NSW, you follow plan B and force him out. Jim Molan is a sitting Liberal senator. When he was a serving officer in the Australian Army, the US had such confidence in him that they put him in operational control of 300,000 troops. Of those, half were American soldiers, the rest coalition forces, including Australia's. Not on a parade ground, in a war. The US and Australian governments decorated him for his performance.

Senator Jim Molan ... fighting from within for his political survival. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

It doesn't matter what your view of that war. In my view, the decision by US President George W. Bush to invade Iraq was a terrible choice, one Australia should not have followed. But Major General Jim Molan was a serving soldier and was given a job. He carried it out with great competence as chief of coalition operations for a year in 2004. No Australian since at least World War Two has been entrusted with operational control of so many US forces.

And Molan hasn't only proved effective with big-picture strategy. He has proved himself in the most delicate of military diplomacy.........

© The Sydney Morning Herald