Labour leader Andrew Little told Australian Prime Minister
Tony Abbott in their private meeting that Australia's air
strikes against Isis in Iraq make sense because the Iraqis
were saying air strikes were making a difference.
It took some carefully chosen words by a former high-ranking
diplomat to cut through the self-serving verbiage spouted by
politicians and bring some clarity to the acrimonious debate
on the merits or otherwise of New Zealand's latest excursion
to the Middle East.