Loose Cannons

Issue 

Chickenhawk-in-chief

"I would say that we would always try diplomacy first. In other words, I've committed our troops into harm's way twice, and it's not a pleasant experience because I understand the consequences firsthand." — Emperor George Bush II, November 6, speaking from his "war-time" experience — of having avoided going to Vietnam by enlisting in the Texas Air National Guard in 1968.

From the Commander-in-Chief

"I spoke to President Musharraf right before I came over here to visit with President Sarkozy. And my message was that we believe strongly in elections, and that you ought to have elections soon, and you need to take off your uniform. You can't be the president and the head of the military at the same time." — Emperor Bush, November 7.

Not the (two) party line

"To be completely honest, I don't see a huge amount of difference between where Labor wants to be and where the Coalition already is." — Coalition Senator Barnaby Joyce commenting November 20 to ABC radio on the Work Choices laws.