Saturday, 22 September 2007

Rudd’s foreign affairs credentials

Greg Sheridan has a piece in today’s Oz about Kevin Rudd’s strong credentials when it comes to foreign affairs. Given Sheridan’s usual spin, this is a little surprising.

He points out that Rudd has three major concerns – keeping our alliance with the US at the centre of our national security policy, reviving the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and halting the level of strategic drift in Melanesia.

He goes as far as admitting that “intellectually, (Rudd is) the most qualified new Prime Minister in foreign affairs since at least World War Two.”

The international security situation, particularly in the Middle East, demands that whoever is in the PM’s seat in the immediate future will need to be both skilful and pragmatic.

Looking at the field, I agree with Sheridan that Labor’s man is the most capable available.

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