Put Rudd Down #auspol
New Wikileaks cables, reported in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald, reveal that Kevin Rudd is as despised by the United States government as he is by Parliamentary colleagues and staff, the Chinese, cabin crew the world over, and pretty much anyone who has had the misfortune to meet him in person or observe him over even a brief period of time.
Two days ago, I argued that earlier leaks about Rudd’s China-baiting were sufficient grounds for Australian PM Gillard to fire him, and that this would strengthen her leadership and foreign policy credibility in the process.
With this latest humiliating round of leaks, Rudd’s position is now untenable on the merits, beyond mere politics. His dickishness is now a problem of global significance and warrants his sacking on substantive grounds.
This paragraph alone should do it:
”Rudd … undoubtedly believes that with his intellect, his six years as a diplomat in the 1980s and his five years as shadow foreign minister, he has the background and the ability to direct Australia’s foreign policy. His performance so far, however, demonstrates that he does not have the staff or the experience to do the job properly,” the embassy bluntly observed in November 2009.
Kevin Rudd is the red-headed stepson of global diplomacy. For Australia’s international standing, he is an unlanced boil, red raw and rancid.