Originally posted by theubermensch
I saw our Defence Minister Stephen Smith's press conference on Sky News today. It seemed to be about nothing. He was talking about a review of our
Military's ability to "meet emerging strategic challenges". Seems they are getting the taxpayer ready to increase our military budget.
I think this has alot to do with the fact that Obama was here recently telling us how lucky we are that he will be sending US marines to our soil in
record numbers and we are strengthening our military ties. So we are obviously defending against the threat of China.
China is the reason we got through the 'global financial crisis' unscathed. China is the reason for our resources boom. China is Australia's
future. Why should we risk our prosperity and the lives of our people for a bankrupt and desperate failure of a nation like the United States?
We are only a target because of America. We should be strengthening our military ties with China. It makes sense. We are the two powers in this
region. Australia, China beats South Korea and Japan every time. Asia/Austalasia would be sewn up in the event of world war. Australia tips the scale
bigtime. So why are we going to waste a massive amount of taxpayer dollars helping the bankrupt United States?? Its insane.
Instead of Marines we should offer China some land in Darwin for a military base and make sure they know that we are their friend and
neighbour.Chinese immigrants are a large part of our population,the Chinese use our universities, they support our tourism industry,they invest here,
thet create jobs here through mining, drilling, tourism,,,,, What the heck does the United States do for us? They make us a target. Not much else. We
have no problem with them but they should keep their marines.
edit on 30-1-2012 by theubermensch because: (no reason given)
First of all, Australia and the U.S. are allies. More than that, strategic defense allies! China is a threat to everyone but China. There is a lot
that goes on behind the scenes that most people don't realize. Most cyber attacks originate from China. But that's nothing compared to the fact
that their new generation of missiles put U.S. bases in Asia in grave danger. Specifically, the Marine bases in Okinawa.
There is a reason why the U.S. is over in this part of the world, and I have never seen a single person mention it on any of the forums when talking
about a military presence. The world's most important trade route is located over here, and ALL of the allies seek to defend it from those who would
like to cut it off. If that were to happen, oil would cease, along with everything else. Of course, I don't need to spell out strategic placement
to everyone, but as the saying goes...good fences make good neighbors. If this trade route were left unprotected, pirates and God-knows-what would
wreak havoc, ultimately affecting the economy of the entire world...not JUST the U.S.!! China wants control of everything. In order to do that, all
they have to do is control the money flow. To control the money flow, they control the trade flow...get the picture? Imagine a world owned by China.
Is that what you want? Now, they say they're not, however, there is every indication that their buildup of military defenses and naval subs is
saying otherwise. All it is, is just a bunch of strategic placements at this point, to send a clear message to China....which they don't like, by
the way. If they're intentions were completely innocent, it wouldn't bother them so bad.
The Marines aren't going to cause any harm to Australia by moving there, and in fact, will enhance the local economy a great deal, (as just a fringe
benefit). The Australian military and U.S. Military has been training together for years and years, both in AU and in the U.S., so the relationship
has already been established.
The only reason for them moving there is to place a security contingency within range of important assets, but OUT of range of Chinese missiles. If
Australia did not have the same concerns, they would not be on board with the idea. Of course, here again, there are many more reasons why it would
be beneficial for both AU and US to have a small Marine Base located there, but you get the idea.
All I'm saying is, there's no reason to jump onto the U.S. bashing boat. It's not a bad thing. The U.S. and Australia love each other, so I'm
not sure why there's animosity here, of all places. Every Aussie I've met has been more than friendly and welcoming of myself and other Americans.
I have a great fondness for Australia, and that stems mostly from the people I've met who have represented her....I'm certain the fondness that is
mutual has been directly affected by the same things on their end.