America has only one ally that has fought side by side with her through ever major conflict since WW1. No, it is not the UK. And it is certainly not France or Canada. It is Australia. It is the Aussies who are the most faithful supporters of America. That is why it was critical that John Howard won his election yesterday to a fourth term as Australian Prime Minister. His Liberal Party opponent, Mark Latham, had promised to pull Australian troops from Iraq. Congratulations Mr. Howard on being elected to your fourth term as Australian PM. John Howard Wins Australian Elections Australian Prime Minister John Howard Wins Election; Challenger Concedes Defeat http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20041009_387.html The Associated Press SYDNEY, Australia Oct. 9, 2004 Prime Minister John Howard scored a stunning victory in Australia's federal election Saturday in a vote ensuring the country keeps its troops in Iraq. Labor Party leader Mark Latham conceded defeat in a speech to his supporters in western Sydney, saying he called Howard to congratulate him on his fourth straight election victory. "Tonight was not our night," Latham said. The election was widely seen abroad as the first referendum for the three leaders who launched the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, with President Bush facing a ballot next month and British Prime Minister Tony Blair probably facing voters next year. The Labor Party had vowed to bring the approximate 900 Australian troops deployed in and around Iraq home by Christmas, while Howard insisted they will stay until Iraqis ask them to leave.