posted on Mar, 8 2013 @ 04:00 AM
What you say makes sense and I think you're right. It's the same reason China is no real threat to the United States unless the US is
foolish enough to commit military in China's own neighborhood and backyard. They just don't have the ability to project and keep logistics going
around the world. Not for many years, at least.
China and the US are too deeply embedded in each other's financials to ever get into an outright war. I think if we saw something like that it would
resemble Vietnam, with the major players pulling the strings at the behest of a smaller nation. Neither China or the US would be directly involved.
What we're seeing is a shift away from Europe as the common theatre of war towards Asia, and of course Australia is the western hub of Asia, so it
makes sense the US would have a presence nearby. The thing I don't understand is with all the presence already in Korea, Japan and eastern Asia by
the US forces, having another presence in mainland Australia is just for show.
Is Indonesia really that serious a threat outside chaotic illegal immigration I've heard people talk about? It was just a few months ago that
the balloon was being floated for home porting at least one U.S. Aircraft Carrier in Australia. That didn't float far, as I recall, but it sure got
put out there.
Indonesia has nearly ten times the population of Australia, in a space about a quarter of the size. Being a part of monarchial Britain still, the UK
to step in if one of it's colonies was invaded, and of course the US would surely follow suit. I would suspect that's why to date
the whole Republic Australia idea has been quashed, because it would leave Australia too vulnerable from attack from Asian forces.
About our main saving grace is any invading force would have to cross miles of rough desert and harsh terrain to get anywhere near the major centres.
Australia is not very friendly to any invading force.