"Australia has a long and distinguished history of supporting our allies. . ."

An introduction:

My name is Michael Jericho and I’m an Australian Special Forces veteran of East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq, who earlier this year founded a joint blog (“A Western Heart“) comprised of Australian and American contributors.

I’m writing to you just a mere 48 hours before what might be the most important election in my nation’s history primarily because you are the most prestigious blogger in the world [Mike must drink, too. -ed.], and because I need your help. I’ve written a piece on my blog which addresses the situation in a way that (I hope) Americans and expatriate Australians will understand, and emphasise exactly how much is at stake.

Now that the introduction is out of the way, go read Mike.