There has to be a certain irony in the fact that the first major speech ex-Australian Prime Minister John Howard has made since being dumped so thoroughly from government, and even from his own parliamentary seat, is to the neoconservatives at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) whose war against the Iraqi people he so whole-heartedly supported against the wishes of the vast majority of Australians.
The liar Howard was presented with the neoconservatives’ top award for liars, the Irving Kristol Award. Present among the 1200 guests were a multitude of other liars including the proven liar, I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby found guilty over lying about a media leak.
Little has been heard of Howard since he lost both government and his own seat of Bennelong at the general election in November 2007. Yet Howard has learnt nothing from his trouncing and remains as bigoted, self-righteous and Islamophobic as ever telling his audience, “In the protracted struggle against Islamic extremism there will be no stronger weapon than the maintenance by Western liberal democracies of a steadfast belief in the continuing worth of our own national value systems. And where necessary a soaring optimism about the future of freedom and democracy.'' This is pure arrogance and hypocrisy gushing from one lunatic warmongering liar to 1200 others who, of course, gave Howard a standing ovation.
Interesting that, despite losing government and his own parliamentary seat, the AEI should describe Howard as, “one of the world's most successful democratic politicians”. Howard was kicked out of government because the Australian people finally woke to his lies. Hopefully, the American people will wake to the lies of their government and give them the boot as well.