Nicholas Stuart is a columnist with the Canberra Times.
Nick Stuart has written three books,
Kevin Rudd: An Unauthorised Political Biography;
What Goes Up: Behind the 2007 Election; and
Rudd's Way: November 2007 - June 2010.
I'd been tempted to headline this yarn as "split over ISIL", or "Andrews and Abbott disagree about why we're in Iraq".
Unfortunately, although possibly justified neither of these assertions are quite true.
Defence Minister Kevin Andrews at the RUSI
When we went into Iraq Tony Abbott insisted Daesh was a "death cult".
The key point is that Andrews specifically rejected this as a reason to deploy forces.
He drew a more logical picture of why we're involved, by distinguishing between nation-states (which, implicitly, one can deal with) and other forces (operating outside the Westphalian system), as this column for the Canberra Times details . . .