Howard has repeatedly asked George W. Bush to help with speeding up the David Hicks case. But things are still moving too slow for his election agenda, so now he is taking it all the way to the top:
The Prime Minister has hinted he is prepared to bring Mr Hicks home if the Americans do not move quickly but prefers he face a trial by military commission.Meanwhile, Kiwi protestors give the PM a warm welcome in Wellington. Maybe it's because he called the USA "our most valuable ally" - that's gotta hurt, bro!
"I will put that position to the Vice-President when he is in Australia a little over a week from now and I'll be putting it very strongly because I do think this has taken too long," he said.