October 3rd 2009

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Government push for sell-off of Telstra's infrastructure

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Union warning on China free trade agreement

EDITORIAL: Re-opening the case of the Balibo Five

WAR ON TERROR: The deadly peril still very much in our midst

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Misguided move for women in combat roles

ECONOMY: Development bank now urgently needed

TASMANIA: Can the Apple Isle become Australia's food bowl

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Policy-makers still refusing to face reality

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Rudd Government ignores abortion link to maternal deaths

POPULATION: Solving the world food problem

The man who fed the developing world

OPINION: No apology after latest outburst from PM Rudd

Deplorable standards (letter)

Melting pot (letter)

Safer nuclear energy option (letter)

Obama changes tune on troops (letter)

CINEMA: Award-winning film about slain journalists - Balibo (rated M)

CINEMA: Deliver us from this left-liberal 'moralising' - The Soloist (rated M)

BOOK REVIEW: THE PLAN: Twelve Months to Renew Britain, by Douglas Carswell and Daniel Hannan

BOOK REVIEW: INSIDE THE STALIN ARCHIVES: Discovering the New Russia, by Jonathan Brent

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Obama changes tune on troops (letter)

by M. Gordon

News Weekly, October 3, 2009

I was reading about Barack Obama's game-playing about the Afghanistan deployment and wondered if he still thinks he is a candidate and not the President? As a candidate, he claimed he "would kill Bin Laden and crush al Qaeda". Now, he plays to domestic politics and his wavering congressional Democrats.

His executive inexperience is becoming more obvious by the day. Defeating Islamo-fascism now is essential if he does not want to deploy his military in greater numbers and more places into the future. Abusing his military sits uncomfortably with his rousing speeches to veterans, as the former must fight for this apparently ungrateful President.

If Obama is as well informed as we are led to believe, he will also know that confronting misery and poverty and extremists is part of the bigger narrative. If he thinks things are hard now, imagine a world with a vastly more assertive Islamo-fascist movement that he failed to deal with when he was President!

(Mr) M. Gordon,
Flynn, ACT

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