Howard has badly misjudged the Hicks affair and politically he is now paying a price. He believed his own hype about the case. He ignored the sense of the British Government insisting on its nationals being sent home. He was too anxious to help George Bush, who has his credibility resting on getting some results out of his flawed and controversial military commissions system. He misjudged how Australians would react as the affair dragged on. And he underestimated how good a "politician" Mori would be.
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All I can say is suck shit Howard. That will teach you to put politics above doing the right thing.