Australia’s timidness blocks Alliance expansion


Australia’s timidity blocks Alliance expansion

            Hillary Clinton at Ausmin conference in Perth

 The annual Ausmin meeting between the US and Australia has concluded in Perth with the timid Gillard government frozen with fear at getting the Chinese nose out of joint. China, and Australia’s refusal to fund a defence force were the elephants in the room blocking more robust progress towards a credible South Pacific Alliance.

 Australia meekly rubber-stamps China’s massive spending on aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, ballistic missiles, and backfire bombers with a dismissive comment saying this is what big powers do.

Yet when the Coalition should be matching this expansion ship for ship and plane for plane our government gets the shakes at even allowing 250 US marines to train in the Northern Territory for six months in case China should be offended.

What sort of a Coalition partner are we when we psychotically refuse to maintain a modern high technology defence force and at the same time refuse to cooperate with our ally who wishes to fill these glaring gaps in our defence, all through the dread of China.

If China has the right to arm and actually does arm to the teeth, then it behoves any responsible government to do likewise in defence of our nation.

For some time the US has been interested in some form of a joint naval base at HMAS Sterling in Western Australia where they could base an aircraft carrier battle group and nuclear submarines for quick access to the Indian Ocean or South East Asia. Australian intransience is blocking progress being made towards this positive development anytime soon.

The US saved this nation from oblivion in WW2 by turning around the invasion fleets and have been a generous ally ever since. They backed us in East Timor, held back the communists in the cold war from ravaging Asia and selflessly have donated blood and treasure throughout the world to promote peace and prosperity.

They have run defence spending at 4-5% of GDP for the last 70 years which enabled them to achieve these goals and in that period Australia has shamelessly freeloaded on the US bigheartedness by cutting our defence spending to 1.5-2% of GDP.

Rather than stonewalling the US, Australia should give something back by encouraging the US presence as a solid plank in the Alliances structure. Because we refuse to maintain a modern defence force we have little else to offer. We should fund the expansion of the base as an investment in the future and have the US supply the technology and maintenance facilities that could be used by our ships as well.

Part of the deal would be 10 Australian nuclear attack submarines serviced and maintained at HMAS Sterling under US supervision alongside the servicing of US submarines.

The idea would be to become capable of maintaining a high technology naval force whilst expanding our ships into a tight battle fleet with air cover and missile protection.

As Australia increased its naval assets over time for the protection of our shores and sea space, the US could move some of their forces to other more troublesome hotspot areas.

Australia should grasp these opportunities for us to grow into high technology defence equipment now as any delay only gives the impression that we are not fair dinkum about maintaining our end of the Alliance and as well the US may scrap the idea and make alternative arrangements.

Diesel Dinosaurs are extinct


        Virginia class submarine under way

Diesel Dinosaurs are extinct

Labor and the Coalition should have to explain how building submarines in South Australia is vital to our defence given that these useless dinosaurs are unable to travel much further than 50 nautical miles submerged on batteries at a speed that may optimistically reach 25 knots.

Nick Champion and Christopher Pyne are prepared to jeopardize Australia’s security by championing partisan South Australian politics and leaving this nation once again defenceless into the future. They have no regard for the safety of the Australian crew brave enough to man these submerged death-traps.

This partisan politics by both major parties has no regard for the defence of the citizens of Australia and are asking us to be 100% reliant on the US to sail half way around the world with their nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers to save us.

Our politicians should for once in their lives get real and face the facts that any reliance we may have towards the US in the procurement of Virginia class nuclear attack submarines would be far less than our reliance on the US without them.

Virginia class nuclear submarines can travel submerged at 32 knots around the world if needed without surfacing and can outrun surface ships in the process. They are proven cutting edge technology with 12 in the US navy giving trouble free sailing.

Diesel dinosaur submarines built in South Australia are an absolute waste of money and the defence of Australia would benefit more if these funds were invested in other high technology missiles or armed drones to name a few options.

If it is so important to have Australians build these ships why can we not approach our ally the US with a proposal to have cooperation between the American shipyards and Australia in their construction?

Australia freeloads off US Alliance


Australia freeloads off US Alliance


China’s first aircraft carrier SHI LANG

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is Meeting with the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Perth next week (14 Nov 2012) at the annual Ausmin meeting to discuss matters of interest between the two nations.

High on the list is sure to be Australia’s feeble contribution to the Alliance following massive defence spending cuts over the last four years.

Australia has no defence plan other than to be a parasite on the loins of the US war machine which will enable us to obtain national security on the cheap.

As we will soon find out the world does not work this way and it behoves the US to strongly object to Australia’s almost zero contribution to its own defence. Australia has become little more than a back seat passenger in the affairs of the Alliance.

This un-Australian bludging on a close friend and ally has most thinking Australian citizens deeply concerned as we have always been fiercely independent and willing to do more than our share.

The US has every right to warn Australia that there is “no free ride” when our present defence spending is 1.5% of GDP and it has rarely exceeded 2% since WW2. In comparison, our ally has been spending 4-5% of GDP for decades.

Understandably, the US is growing weary and impatient under the weight of the many free loaders amongst the Western democracies who suck US blood and treasure and contribute little in return.

Australia can and has to pull its weight in the Alliance by purchasing 10 state of the art Virginia class nuclear attack submarines from the US, each being armed with 12 cruise missiles and 38 missiles and torpedoes with a view to having them serviced in a joint US-Australian naval base, possibly HMAS Sterling.

The US already has 12 Virginia class submarines operating without any problems and has been building reliable nuclear submarines for over fifty years. One wonders at the intelligence of the donkeys running this country if they bypass this pool of knowledge by attempting to build antique diesel electric submarines in Australia.

The ivory tower academics and government advisers say Australia has no nuclear industry and we should use last century technology for our submarines. This line of thinking would have us still using wooden ships with cannon balls if our former leaders had the same flawed outlook.

Australia has to grasp high technology weapons with both hands as it is the only way we can defend a 36,000 kilometre coastline around a continent as massive as the US with our small population base.

Technology has to substitute for man power. China has 2.25 million soldiers in uniform and Indonesia could call on a million soldiers and militia in short order if required. Other Asian nations have significant numbers of soldiers in uniform.

             Latest Chinese stealth fighter aircraft

Western democracies have their backs to the wall. China has flown two new stealth fighter models in the last twelve months. The large stealth fighter, the J20, first took to the air in November 2011 and in October 2012 the Chinese have flown another smaller stealth fighter plane, the J21.

There could be hundreds of these attack aircraft built in the next decade. China has its first operational aircraft carrier with more to follow. Their submarine building programme surpasses that of the rest of the world put together.

Australia is extremely isolated, being positioned deep in the southern Pacific Ocean and bordering the Great Southern Ocean. We will be the first western democracy to go in a world conflict. No one will come to our rescue if their homeland is being attacked. The US homeland is probably the only secure democracy able to survive thanks to their continual acquisition of the latest high technology weapons.

Australia should put its best foot forward at the upcoming Ausmin conference and engage with the US in a genuine show of cooperation for our common good.

Australia grovels to China


Australia grovels to China

 Richard Woollcott’s suggestion that we should be sending unambiguous signals to China that we oppose containment and support “authoritarian capitalism” and that the US alliance has led us into three useless wars fighting the containment of communist expansion and terrorism smacks of a deep ingratitude towards the nation that saved us in WW2 and has been our guardian ever since.

We need not offend China nor should we go out of our way to grovel to China at the expense of our long time ally the US.

Diplomacy starts with a modern high technology defence force honed to excellence.

Australia has no defence force because of government refusal to fund its existence.

As a result our diplomatic muscle is a pathetic reflection of a sycophant nation unable to stand proud in the world knowing that it is deliberately defenceless and is willing to sell its soul to the highest bidder regardless of who has stood by us in the last century.