This week on Uncommon Knowledge, John Winston Howard, who served from 1996 to 2007 as the twenty-fifth prime minister of Australia.
Today I ask the former prime minister why he sent naval forces and some 2,000 troops to join the United States in Iraq. Why didn’t he instead take the approach followed by the prime ministers of, let us say, Belgium or the Netherlands? Why didn’t the Australians stay out of trouble, letting the Americans wage the war on their own?
We don’t believe in free riding.
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