Prime Minister Tony Abbott has blasted in his strongest terms yet the US management of Iraq following the 2003 invasion, branding it a period of "chaos and confusion".
It seems the days when Abbott just had to don a helmet and flak jacket to have the media treat him like a hero have long since passed and his latest attempt to reverse the public relations situation is only making matters worse.
I imagine Jane McMillan is thankful she is on holidays and not returning to the the prime minister's office as his media chief.
To quote Bruce Hawker writing in The Age: When a Prime Minister is on a collision course with public opinion there can only be one result.
Political cartoonist Alan Moir sums up what appears to be the general response, to the Prime Minister's visit to Iraq, in his latest effort for The Sydney Morning Herald on 6 January 2015: