The photo, from Google News Australia, shows an enthusiastic group of Australians who are very, very excited by the arrival of the Vice President of American Imperialism and Warmongering. They, in common with most of their fellow citizens, want Australia to get out of Iraq. Now.
Of course, most Australian citizens didn't want Australia to get involved in Iraq in the first place but John Howard, wanting to score brownie points with the Bush Administration and get dinner invites from the White House, insisted. Even at this late stage, with Blair in the process of abandoning the Coalition of the Killing as fast as he can, Howard is still there applauding the illegal invasion and occupation. He makes a lonely, rather pathetic figure.
To help keep the excitement in check, the Prime Minister of Australia (who, like Bush, leans ever closer to Fascism) has marshaled the Police in very large numbers and they have been instructed to adopt a Take-No-Prisoners approach with any overly exuberant citizens and, above all, keep protesters well away from Killer Cheney. Given that Cheney shoots at anything that moves, even his friends, this may have an unintended benefit.
This visit by Cheney is little more than a photo opportunity to try to show to the world how many loyal allies America has and how much support it has for its disastrous foreign policies and ever-expanding militarism. It is just a P.R. stunt, one based entirely on wishful thinking!
America is about as isolated from the rest of the civilised world as it could possibly be. Much like Howard is from the bulk of the Australian people.
And both Howard and Cheney, like Bush, are totally divorced from reality.
Go home, Cheney. You're not welcome here!