The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thinking of all Aussies working in conflict zones--especially 4 SAS

It is hard to fathom the sacrifice many Australians make when they agree to go on active duty in conflict zones. Today my thoughts are especially with the pioneering female members of the Special Air Service Regiment's newly established "fourth squadron" (c. 2005), which is reported to contain six female troopers. The SAS's 4 squadron has recently undertaken operations in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Kenya according to Fairfax media reports. The squadron is based on its ISA equivalent overseen by the US Department of Defence's JSOC. The British also established their similarly-orientated Special Reconnaissance Regiment in 2005 to work alongside 22 SAS and the SBS. Our thoughts are with you.