This morning on Breakfast, Key said we’ll send in troops to Fiji as part of a multi-national force if need be. At the same time, McCully was on National Radio refusing to countenance any such deployment. Key also said we’ll send more people to Afghanistan if there’s an exit strategy. While McCully no decision would be made until a review of New Zealand’s deployments was complete later this year.
Key disagrees with his Minister of Defence on defence, the Minister for the Environment on environmental measures, and his Minister for Finance on the economy. Is he actually in charge at all?
Anyway, McCully was totally correct to refuse to discuss any military action in Fiji. We’re not in any position to take on the Fijian military even with mates, even if it was the smart thing to do. So we shouldn’t be threatening the regime with military action because we’re not going to back it up. Unfortunately, any chance of using soft power like the Pacific Islands Forum is now screwed and Bainimarama’s hold is strengthened.
Don’t talk loudly when you carry a small stick. That’s just dumb diplomacy. McCully knew that, but then Key had to open his big mouth.