CANBERRA, June 13 (Xinhuanet) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that it would be a political disaster if Australian troops were taken out of Iraq. Quotes from: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-06/13/content_1523255.htm Powell was echoing US President George W Bush's criticism on Australian Labor Party leader Mark Latham's policy that Australian troops would withdraw from Iraq by Christmas if Labor wins the federal election later this year. Latham's call for an early troops withdrawal from Iraq came at a time when the US-led coalition forces faced repeated terrorist attacks and harsh criticism for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by the US troops. But the Australian government has insisted that the troops would only be withdrawn when the job is done. "It would be disastrous for Australia to say, 'Well, we see this international consensus, we see this new resolution but we are going to head for the door'," Powell told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio. "I don't think that's the Australia that I have known and respected for so many decades." End of quotes. --- Now that feeling of Powell is in fact exactly the feeling many non-Americans have about USA on Iraq, Middle-East and World hegemony: "I don't think that's the USA that I have known and respected for so many decades."