August 05, 2007

John Howard


From ABC: Howard warns against 'overreaction' to soldier video.

Prime Minister John Howard has warned against an overreaction to a video showing Australian soldiers binge drinking and one person dressed in a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) outfit.

Mr Howard says it should be left to the military to deal with the issue.

"I just think we can overreact a bit with these things and people get into a lather of sweat and so on," he said.

"Let's be sensible and understand that people will let off a bit of steam."

The video was posted by a former soldier on YouTube and has been condemned by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Attorney General Philip Ruddock. ...

Labor has criticised Dr Nelson over his reaction to the YouTube video.

Opposition defence spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon says Dr Nelson has made a mistake by trying to defend the indefensible.

"In doing so, he's really reflecting on the tens of thousands of ADF personnel who at all times do the right thing," he said.

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Posted by Forkum at August 5, 2007 09:57 AM