Now Kathyp, I reckon you should run for something. All its takes is passion and guts and you have both.
The Chinese are madly learning English. Every report I have read is of other countries, even France, realising that English is going to dominate the 21st century. So interesting to read an opposing report. Scare mongering comes to mind.
McCains 5 years as a POW of the North Vietnamese is precisely the kind of experience a president should have. Im not having a go at anyone in here, but at times I think people dont realise what kind of Captors the Nth Vietnamese were. Look at the blokes that survived such lengths and more in captivity over there, and you find special men. The skills of survival, leadership, strategy, communications, diplomacy and on it goes. The ability to judge your adversary, to be risking your own life in direct terms each day for so long. When YOUR life depends on your next reaction, not the lives of others fighting far away in your name. I could go on, perhaps I am a bit biased, but I wish we had faced the last 8 or so years under McCain, not Bush. At the end of it all. I couldnt vote for a 75 year old man or whatever to lead my country, let alone the USA.
GAWD to think Macca had a hearta, and Annie Oakley on speed was the President of the USA? scary stuff. Bloody frightening actually.
I like Galloway. No point not using your ability to get your word out and not speaking your mind.
Yes renmag, bring back the skill we learnt in Kinda and Ill be a happy man!
What friends have you lost? Well swings and roundabouts. A few in Afruica have gone to the Chinese, thats going to make Africa a real place to watch in the next 20 years. China is rebuilding joints you have never heard of, by building roads and schools, hospitals etc etc all for the rights to mine. Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, and Sudan are all cashing in.
Then theres a few European countries lost but more gained from the old USSR. USSR is no longer being buddy buddy with you or anyone else. Putin is the new Brezhnez, you know who I mean, and is beating its chest, spoiling for a decent fight with someone. China still doesnt trust anyone, but loves the money from their new form of commucapitalism. They remain neutral to the USA, but as I said watch Africa.
Australia remains the same as ever. We know what side our bread is buttered on. We are a strange people. As you know, QEII is still our head of state and we like it that way. The same loyalty sees us backing you up since the 1850s. We aint missed a war with you yet, and were not about to change.
PRESIDENT: Mr Australian Prime Minister, we need your support, we have just invaded Lakehurst.
PM: Mr President, what do you need?
PRESIDENT: What you got?
PM: The usual, SAS, F18s, Commandos, Clearance Teams, ATC, a few Frigates, Docs and Nurses. I can give you a Regiment, or two of fighters. Pine Gap, Woomera, whatever bases you want.
PRESIDENT: Will your people be happy with that?
PM: They are already demanding we support you!
I doubt it will ever change, its gone like that the last 65 years almost to the word I reckon.
Its as hard for me to understand your devotion to a President as it is for you to understand why we love the Queen of England. Its different for John and those in Service, who pledge to follow the orders of the CIC, no questions asked. Down here, we think we are following the orders of the bloke that gives them to us face to face, and that of our Government, but not of a CIC.
If our PM rocked up on the battlefield and gave an order, our blokes would tell him to get stuffed and earbash him about the meagre old age pensions the Govt pays. Your blokes would say eye eye sir and press the button. So we respect the "Government" more then the leader of it, the PM. We know our PM, is just a puppet and treat him as such, hes a front man. Mind you tho, when its time for the Govt to go, we kick HIM out lol.
So it must be an interesting time for those in service. If leadership comes from the top, Obaba will want to make some kind of mark.
What I want from Obama, is a bit of payback. I want some Agricultural Trade concessions, what we are asking is nothing, we cant produce enough to make a difference to the welfare of your farmers. We are not asking for billions of dollars in aid for defence, like some I could mention. Just a fair go for our farmers. Nothing more than other Countries, just the same.
We havent asked for a single thing from you, except once in about 1942 and the benefit then was mutual. So not a bad record. Sometimes it seems like what we do for you is not thought of at xmas time, thats all.
If it was dreaming time, Id ask for you to donate to us, a Carrier Fleet. Whats that, 10 Billion or less, it would be so cool to see Australia have a real navy again. But that would spark an arms race in sth east asia ...........hmm, :)
You know there has been huge controversy here. Seems our Pm Rudd, had a chat with GWB and mentioned G20, "Whats G20 asked Bush" and that was leaked to the media. So its been worked for all its worth. Quite funny as it seems to be true. Asking whats G20 for Bush is the same as asking whats the UN for you and me lol. G6, G8, G12...G20.
I am looking forward to the Inauguration live on TV next year. I dont know how you put up with the wait, worse than having a baby I imagine.
I will be watching for the unthinkable of course. So will everyone else. I am not silly enough to mention it here, but its a dangerous time. I cant begin to imagine how to plan the whole swearing in thing. Thats a doco I want to see!
I think the most important thing your new Government can do for you, as priority number one, is to sit down and and look at what you are doing all over the Globe. Cut things back a bit here and there, consolidate. The US is close to bankruptcy as it is. The level of personal debt combined with the Govts. spending. My my, Id be losing my religion if I was living there. Your dollar is almost as bad as ours. A month or so ago we were .98 to your 100. Great for our shoppers, but it must have almost killed you. Now its back to to the usual .65/100. Girl I know just got back from stateside and came home WITH money lol.
Anyway. I just hope that the people of the give the new bloke a go. If hes no good, kick him out next time!