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.
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