Without publishing the full contents of the Wikileaks diplomatic cables that refer to the Senator, they paint what seem perfectly innocent conversations between Arbib and the diplomatic staff of our principal ally, the United States, as something very sinister. It wasnâ€™t. Telling US diplomats whatâ€™s going on in the Australian political scene is not only useful for our allies, itâ€™s good for us. I have no doubt our Ambassador Kim Beazley in Washington DC has the same sort of conversations with senior US politicians too, where theyâ€™ll tell him things they might not be saying â€œon-the-recordâ€ to journalists.
Dialogue is the foundation of friendship and despite the efforts of the militant left, we enjoy a strong friendship with America. Questioning the patriotism and integrity of someone for engaging in that important activity is one of the lowest of low attacks in Fairfaxâ€™s long history of horrid beat-ups against anyone to the right of Anthony Albanese in NSW politics.
To present Arbibâ€™s innocent activities as otherwise is an outrageous and contemptible slur, from a journalist in the form of ex-Labor staffer Philip Dorling whose own record of international intrigue is probably worth a VEXNEWS days of summer investigation. Arbib likes the good guys and talks to them. Dorling likes the bad guys and has had all manner of interactions with them. Youâ€™ll be sure to read of some of them here, quite soon.
We wonâ€™t go in too hard too early but Dorlingâ€™s own international activities are the stuff of much gossip in Canberra and certainly go well beyond giving innocent briefings on the latest political goings-on to the US Ambassador.
BOB BROWN ADMITS â€œSECRETâ€ TALKS WITH US EMBASSY
Deemed Holy Man by Fairfax, Greens party retirement-age Leader Senator Bob Brown has himself today admitted engaging in secret discussions with the US Ambassador, which he suspects were also chronicled in cable form and sent back to Washington DC where they were no doubt filed under â€˜Mâ€™ for moonbat. These secret briefings occur â€œabout every 12 monthsâ€ and include ambassadors of other foreign powers apparently.
Weâ€™re pretty sure Brown wonâ€™t cop a dual-city front-page character assassination for doing exactly the same thing as Arbib.
The Coalition of course also make nice with foreign diplomats. Youâ€™d hope they would.
But that didnâ€™t stop Nats Senator Barnaby Joyce putting out a stream-of-consciousness rant published on the Liberal partyâ€™s own website where he referred to Mark Arbib as â€œAusten Arbib â€“ International Man of Mysteryâ€. He meant â€œAustin Powersâ€ but couldnâ€™t spell that correctly, also presenting the word â€œhaveâ€ as â€œofâ€. The Nats have a long history, of course, of being solicitous of corrupt Arab regimes as long as they remain committed purchasers of Aussie sheep and wool and wheat.
THE ALLIANCE THAT KEEPS US SAFE AND GUARDS FREEDOM
Maintaining our friendship with the United States is a vitally important activity for any senior Australian public official. Perhaps that excludes Joyce who reached the level of his incompetence before being bumped off as shadow finance minister after repeated bungles over billions. His invitations to foreign embassies in Canberra appear to have beenÂ lost in the mail, although we hear he has accepted more than a little foot-rubbing Chinese hospitality over the years.
The United States is a crucial component in our national security planning. It also shares our values and much of our view of the world. Keeping their diplomatic staff on top of developments here, allaying fears when things change politically, keeping the dialogue is not just an acceptable activity for any federal government minister or senior party official, itâ€™s their job.
We havenâ€™t always been kind to Mark Arbib in this publication. But he has been outrageously and unfairly attacked today by two newspapers in decline whose story will hurt him among those who take their word for it that heâ€™s done the wrong thing. He hasnâ€™t.
Itâ€™s just the latest shake-your-head-in-despair moment about the Age/SMH. It’s worth looking at the print editions just to see how hard they went in, their online stories don’t convey the same menace.
We are glad that our elected leaders value our alliance with the United States and havenâ€™t made it a political football between the conservatives and Labor. On the Labor side, itâ€™s not always easy to maintain this, there are people in its ranks who hate America and blindly side with its enemies. Many ALP branch-meetings are full of America-haters. Because of the efforts of patriots like Mark Arbib, they are few in number in decision-making forums that matter.
Mark Arbib has risen greatly in our estimation.