[Based on Vee's post below, I have sent this letter to the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. Hope they publish it because it has a huge circulation. (The wedgetail, pictured, is Australia's biggest and best-known eagle.)]
It seems that American hawks are more likely to eat crow than Australian hawks.
We find now that even neocons like sometime Republican speechwriter Mark Helprin can at last lament (on the Wall Street Journal editorial page) "the inescapable fact that the war has been run incompetently, with an apparently deliberate contempt for history, strategy, and thought, and with too little regard for the American soldier, whose mounting casualties seem to have no effect on the boastfulness of the civilian leadership".
Other prominent American hawks such as David Brooks and Tucker Carlson now admit to having been gripped with a "childish fantasy" about Iraq and to now feeling "ashamed" and "enraged" – at themselves, and the 50,000-deaths tragedy Bush & Co. have wrought.
In Australia, the wedgetail eagles that were quick to bite, are strangely slower to dine – on crow, that is. Worse, our disingenuous PM tells us he's only now discovering what half the Internet has been screaming about for nearly three years: systemic torture and other evils of the Axis of Diesel. Will someone please get The Lodge a decent dial-up connection before we're the last chickenhawk flapping?