Den (dewhitton) wrote,

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Opinions - The Age

If there is doubt about the future of the alliance, it is not because an opposition politician has forthrightly criticised the US president; it is because some people evidently think that forthright criticism of the president by an opposition politician is incompatible with the existence of the alliance. If they get away with setting boundaries for democratic debate in this way, then the notion of an alliance will wither anyway. A nation whose politicians cannot speak their minds without being reprimanded by an allied ambassador is a nation that has ceased to be an ally, and become a client.

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