In WW2 General McCarther (The great arrogent son of a...) had to retreat from the Phillippiens,
leaving his men there I might add, and withdrew to Australia. Which he used succefully used as a base for counter offencsives in the South Pacific,
the land mass, terrain and the population are all
on the plus size as a base. 270 or so air fields were opperational during WW2, not all american,
and over 1 000 000 American sevice personel passed through Australia durring that war. However
the current pollicy seems like a deterent to invasion (ANZUS treaty) rather than a leaping off point.
Australia has vast resources in minnerals and natural gas, it is important for mutch the same reasons
North Affrica was in WW2, resources. Deny the enemy of resources, German tanks were
less effective in WW2 becouse of a lack of petrol, The invasion of frace by the allies would have
been mutch more costly if the german Panzers had been better supplied.
Sorry, was off topic, as for the mock airport, It might serve as a practice target, or it might be
a Geo-political chess move, a warning too Tiwan. either way it is not a good sign although
a simple reading of the chines and there motivations is not always accurate.
edit on 20-11-2011 by wondera because: More info