posted on Aug, 25 2012 @ 08:06 PM
Foreign Minister Bob Carr rejected the idea of a permanent US military base in Australia. "In fact, the Americans will not seek it because of the
cost involved at a time when they are going to have to produce more cuts in their defence spending," he told Sky News. "And second, because it
doesn't fit with the way they project power. "But above all... it's not in Australia's interest."
Carr said Canberra understood China's military modernisation and accepted that its rise in economic power would be matched by a defence upgrade.
"But just as we accept that, you, the Chinese, must accept that we are a small population holding a large continent and will, as we have done
historically, look to an alliance with the United States," he said. "But we reject utterly any notion of containing China. We look to engage with
Well this is an interesting turn of events. Being a local lad from Perth, Western Australia, it was only a few weeks ago that the notion of a
permanent US military presence over on Garden Island
was being thrown around the news
and discussed here on ATS.
I wonder what has changed our politicians tune? Is it a general decline in US support - I would suggest this has alot to do with it especially given
Carrs comments about it not being in Australia's best interests and
"I don't think Australians will be comfortable defining themselves with
permanent American bases."
At a grass roots level and speaking from the "coal face" a lot of people here are mighty pissed at the way US foreign policy has a blatant disregard
for human life - evidenced by Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, apparent support for Israels treatment of the Palestinian people and list the list
could go on - don't get me wrong - I love the American people but detest their foreign policy and leaders (Ron Paul being the only exception)
I for one welcome this turn of events - its high time America pulled out of a lot of things and perhaps looked at cleaning up its own back yard
instead of peering over the fence to criticize the state of her neighbours back yard.
Over here the China relationship is no big deal - anyone who works up in the NW shelf in the Oil & Gas or Mining Industries is fully aware that China
is our biggest customer now and in the future.
BUT - this is an interesting observation.
Gorgon Project (Barrow Island) is potentially worth $300+ Billion to Australia.
-Major employer is Chevron
-Major customer is China.
Like they say - money talks and bulls#!t walks and in this regard the US and China are lovers and Australia is their little love nest - but you won't
hear the MSM giving you these simple truths.