Have you noticed the difference between Howard’s tone when he speaks about Iraq and Timor? On Iraq he remains filled with the missionary zeal and “never cut and run” glory of war nonsense scripted by his patron W.
On Timor he’s irritable, impatient and patronising.
This is despite the fact that Timor is our near neighbour and its security has urgent implications for Australia.
Which of the Howard personas is real? Have a listen.
These observations are based on listening to the Prime Minister across a range of media. His comments on Timor have been heard mainly on ABC Radio's AM and PM programmes.