One fascinating aspect of this withdrawal decision is that it is not a case of victory over ISIS having being declared and everyone else going home at the same time, too.
Reportedly most (and possibly all) of the Royal Commission investigation into the Christchurch mosque shootings will be closed to the general public and to the media.
The history of harm done by the US military is now tending to obscure the harm that’s being done by the polar opposite impulse: American isolationism.
Yesterday, PM Jacinda Ardern committed this country to an extension of our military deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, pending a review early next year…
Tillerson’s sober re-assurances to PM Bill English that the US remains committed to global and regional engagement count for very little.
Now that America has found its greatness again the traditional way – by bombing someone – the misgivings have set in.
Nothing to see with this SAS raid bizzo, move on. Or so PM Bill English would have us believe.
Labour and the Greens have made concessions intended to establish themselves as a credible alternative government, but they’ve made the concessions to the wrong people.
Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies.
Without an independent inquiry into this incident it will remain a blot on our military record, and on any subsequent Anzac Day celebrations of the exploits of our troops abroad.