I wondered about him. He was said to be a brilliant campaigner but he ain't. He was said (mainly by himself) to have been a brilliant diplomat but I wondered if really he was brilliant. Ahaaah thought Adolf, I'll do some research and do a post on that.
Are all the policies we have heard from Rudd actually Labor's carefully considered and agreed policies? Or, are they Rudd's personal policy agenda, changing day by day to suit each audience?
Were all his diplomatic activities, including those as Foreign Minister, actually the Government's carefully considered and agreed policies? Or, are they Rudd's personal policy agenda, changing day by day to suit each audience?
Denniss Shannahan beat me to it in this morning's Australian.
Here it is. Read it and weep for Australia.
The killer punch?
The US ambassador to Australia at the time secretly cabled to Washington that Rudd's assessment of himself as a diplomatic leader was not justified and he didn't have the experience, judgment or staff to live up to his promises. The US considered him a "control freak", aggressive and offensive, prepared to leak self-serving and inaccurate material designed to embarrass Bush. A confidential cable, leaked by WikiLeaks, said that before a September 2008 visit to the US to attend the UN summit, Rudd's office demanded a meeting with Bush.Ouch, double ouch!