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Grattan confused on Rudd Timor response

By

Sam Roggeveen

@SamRoggeveen

12 February 2008 13:28

Strange column from Canberra press gallery stalwart Michelle Grattan today. The thrust of the piece is that Prime Minister Rudd's first reaction to the latest Timor crisis — to send in more troops and police — is only a gesture and may not even help very much. She even quotes Hugh White approvingly, who says this move is closer to the Howard Government's military-centric short-termism than the more considered approach Rudd promised. Yet Grattan's opening two paragraphs sing hosannas in praise of Rudd's 'instant', 'strong', 'quick' and 'robust' reaction. What gives?