This is a story about
profligate waste, unscrupulous politicking and bureaucratic
empire building which involves both America and Australia. The
story paints America, under the
Bush administration, as a
righteous but naive giant treading the thespian boards of the
world stage with the grace and style of a three hundred pound
truck driver in a tutu. It is a story of Australia’s almost
paranoid search for a guardian starting with Prime Minister
Curtin’s frantic trip across the Atlantic in 1942, being
rebuffed by Great Britain and finally finding the Lion of Luzon
in the nick of time before the Japanese invasion. And from that
moment, falling into lock-step with America to traipse through
Vietnam and the Middle East in the conga-line of wishful hearts.
It is a story about waste of public monies in defense
procurement, of arrogant opinionated bureaucrats who have done
untold damage to force structure which is the basis of public
security in times of war. It is a story of old senior officers
who sat on their hands when they should have acted, and young
senior officers too eager to change for changes’ sake. It is a
story that sheds light on elite powerful men who are made less,
as a result of failure to help the people who look to them for
leadership and succor.
About the Author
Born in Shanghai China in
1939, Krasnoff became a stateless refugee in 1949 when communism
took over from the Nationalist Chinese government, spent time on
a Philippine island of Tubabao before emigrating to Australia.
He graduated from the Officer Cadet School in 1961 as a
second-lieutenant and served in the Pacific Islands
Regiment in New Guinea for
three years. Served in Vietnam in 1967/68 with U.S. Special
Forces on Operation Rapid Fire under command of Major James ‘Bo’
Gritz and started the LRRP (long range recon) school at Ba Ria.
Worked in Army Office, Canberra as a Lieutenant-Colonel in
Operations Branch and commanded an infantry battalion in 1980.
Krasnoff has recently had two books published by Allen & Unwin,
Sydney: Shadows On The Wall and Krazy Hor.
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