Asia-Pacific

Aug 2, 2012

Nuclear drumbeat grows as US eyes Australia

Nuclear weapons and joint military bases aimed at containing our largest trading partner will, sooner or later, be put in our backyard. That's if US Republicans get their way.

Australian policymakers could not be getting a clearer picture of what our US ally expects of us. Nuclear weapons and joint military bases aimed at containing our largest trading partner will, sooner or later, be put in our backyard — and we’ll be expected to pay for the privilege.

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  1. Gavin Moodie

    The writer should not use the obviously sexist ‘manned and unmanned ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) drones’. A vehicle may be unpiloted, pilotless or unstaffed.

    My dictionary defines a drone as a ‘a pilotless radio-controlled aircraft’ so I don’t see how one can have a pilotted drone.

  2. lindsayb

    I am sure that if we don’t protest too much, we will not be subject to “regime change with extreme prejudice” raining down from above like the poor unfortunates in central america, south america, central asia, south asia, the middle east and so on.
    Some, who in an earlier age may have been called traitors might even do well out of such an arrangement. As Kent Brockman once said “And I for one welcome our new insect overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I could be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves”

  3. Owen Gary

    Wonderful, the US will soon be able to perpetrate wars in other countries from Australian soil as well.

    The NWO is slowly but surely putting it’s pieces in place.

    *1st a raft of new surveillance laws being foisted on Joe public.
    *2nd the world police (US) arrive on our shores all in the cause of our mutual friendship with the US, I wonder who has juristiction over who?

    Our mutual friends who place tariffs on our agricultural produce, but we freely import theirs. Both major parties have sold out the people of this country time and time again. Then again we are probably viewed by the US congress as the 51st state of America anyway. Given the amount of US investment & financial control in this country it’s not hard to see why they are trying to pull us away from the Westminster system into a much more democratic system like their congress has!!

    Still the people sleep….

  4. Clytie

    China doesn’t want to invade Australia, but apparently the U.S. does. 🙁

  5. 81dvl

    Darwin not enough? Perth is a fair drive from the Pacific – does this mean they want the Atlantic as well? Why don’t they ask the Kiwis (we all know what the answer would be, because they still have a pair.)

    GlobaliZation, ‘free’ trade, Julian Assange, David Hicks, Vietnam….. We haven’t gotten out from the empire’s skirts and we are crawling straight up the US arse? If we do this, we are the pussies they take us for.

    Look…no….straight answer, no – you can’t.

    No maybes, thats it.

  6. muruk

    It is 46 years since Australia went “All the way with LBJ”. All the way to Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Apart from death and injury there was no reward from any of these wars, not from the result or from the USA. It is time to let go our ties to the most war-loving nation on earth. We should be building relationships with countries in our own half of the world rather than those that are about as far away as possible.

  7. Col Campey

    This is perhaps the best reason yet for us to have a non-partisan government. See

    colflower.blogspot.com.au

  8. Sharkie

    since our foreign policy is more or less determined by washington, I want to vote in the US elections. Now do I support Obama or the Republican Party which is controlled by big business/big military and cheered on by the lunatics in the tea party?

  9. geomac62

    What better way to create a ” situation ” than by having a naval base to counter the threat that the initial permit of a base started . Why not Indonesia or Thailand which must be closer to the perceived threat that isn,t actually articulated . SB can have a blank avatar signifying the white flag of surrender . The softening up process has begun , first Darwin and now feelers for public reaction regarding Perth . Aussie aussie aussie woot woot woot with the arm punching the air like those yank tv shows . Apparently the 6 billion a year we lose with our free trade agreement with the yanks doesn,t pay for our protection so we need to cough up more than bodies and funds in Afghanistan . Maybe we should contact Israel and ask how they manage to get 5 billion a year or more out of cash strapped USA ? They have been getting it since 48 and I,d hardly call Israel a third world country . They even have their own nukes , hundreds of them . Maybe thats where we went wrong , being allies in all the wars . We may as well have been a defeated nation because thats what victors do to the vanquished , station bases on their soil to let them know who rules the roost . They don,t even have to face the law of the land that house their bases . Can,t have those pesky foreigners putting US troops in their courts . Better to let the US look after its own , like Mai Lai . Calley gets 2 years or so for mass slaughter , so what ? Some marines get a few years for raping an Okinawa schoolgirl . Hey ! she was nearly 13 you know , give me a break . Raise the white flag , poor fellow my country .

  10. geomac62

    What better way to create a ” situation ” than by having a naval base to counter the threat that the initial permit of a base started . Why not Indonesia or Thailand which must be closer to the perceived threat that isn,t actually articulated . SB can have a blank avatar signifying the white flag of surrender . The softening up process has begun , first Darwin and now feelers for public reaction regarding Perth . Aussie aussie aussie woot woot woot with the arm punching the air like those yank tv shows . Apparently the 6 billion a year we lose with our free trade agreement with the yanks doesn,t pay for our protection so we need to cough up more than bodies and funds in Afghanistan . Maybe we should contact Israel and ask how they manage to get 5 billion a year or more out of cash strapped USA ? They have been getting it since 48 and I,d hardly call Israel a third world country . They even have their own nukes , hundreds of them . Maybe thats where we went wrong , being alli es in all the wars . We may as well have been a defeated nation because thats what victors do to the vanquished , station bases on their soil to let them know who rules the roost . They don,t even have to face the law of the land that house their bases . Can,t have those pesky foreigners putting US troops in their courts . Better to let the US look after its own , like Mai Lai . Calley gets 2 years or so for mass slaughter , so what ? Some marines get a few years for raping an Okinawa schoolgirl . Hey ! she was nearly 13 you know , give me a break . Raise the white flag , poor fellow my country .

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