Still unsure that the Howard government lied about Iraq?
One year before the invasion of Iraq, Australia’s then ambassador to the United Nations, John Dauth, confidentially told AWB’s former chairman, Trevor Flugge, that the Howard Government would participate in military action with the US to overthrow Saddam Hussein, new AWB documents reveal.
Details of the extraordinary conversation undercut previous statements by the Prime Minister that Australia had not agreed to join the war in Iraq before the UN debate in late 2002 and early 2003.
The conversation between Mr Dauth and Mr Flugge took place in early 2002 – 13 months before the war – and the details are contained in confidential AWB board minutes that were released without fanfare yesterday by the Cole inquiry.
Is the “retreat of the hegemon” nearly upon us?