Once again, Owen Eather, in his June 6 letter “Principled stand helped East Asia,” manages to distort my remarks completely. In my May 28 Opinion page article, “More compelling than common sense,” I say nothing about Australia’s economic progress. I say nothing about the merits, or otherwise, of U.S. intervention in the Vietnam War. I simply give examples of how Canberra’s policies over Vietnam and Japan were distorted by faulty intelligence reports, in much the same way as U.S. policies over Iraq were similarly distorted.

gregory clark

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