Robert Bond Director Citizens for Defence
CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE
AUSMIN success brings out spivs & freeloaders
This week AUSMIN was held in Sydney and must rank as the most successful and cooperative meeting between the US and Australia at the Foreign Affairs and Defence Dept level in the last few years. The new Coalition government represented by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister, Senator David Johnston hit it off well with John Kerry and Chuck Hagel representing the US.
A 25 year agreement was signed allowing US marines to rotate in and out of Darwin and more US war planes to visit the northern military bases. It was agreed to look into a joint ballistic missile shield between Australia, the US and Japan aimed at eventually having the ship with the best shot fire the anti missile aimed at the rogue missile which will probably be fired by North Korea. In addition they intend to make further investigations into the US birthing warships and submarines on bases on the North West Australian coast.
Well hasn’t the success of the annual meeting with the US brought out the pacifists, professional knockers, China lovers, spoofs, freeloaders and US haters in the community. The Lowy institute led off with their chief China lover Hugh White who didn’t disappoint with a post that tortured concerned citizens with his questions suggesting China is making mistakes, Japan is a spent force, the US has no spine and Australia has no skin in the game. This follows his recent claims our Prime Minister doesn’t understand China and Australia should insist that the US share power with China.
None of these questions can be answered except in the fullness of time and then it will be too late to make a difference. So China is making a mistake or not making a mistake or just doesn’t care about Japans or the West’s sensitivities. Hugh says Japan is a spent force and the US has no spine yet it is Japan that is trying to organise opposition to the rabid Chinese aggression that is going to see ballistic missiles sitting on man-made islands in the southern tip of the South China Sea pointed at our population centres of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and any other military target deemed necessary. It is the US that has hundreds of warships and many military bases and planes and rotation arrangements of forces with most of its allies that is constantly patrolling the Indo-Pacific.
Then Sam Roggeveen in a Lowy blog post “what are we getting ourselves in for” criticized any cooperation with the US in forming a combined missile shield which would guard Australia against rogue nuclear attack particularly by North Korea. Sam finishes off with the following assumption “The obvious response to these concerns is that Australia is getting involved in order to be a good ally. But there are many ways we can do that.”
As usual the pacifists make suggestions without any backup. My assumption is not that we want to be a good US ally but that we don’t want our cities, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane blown off the map as well as other high value targets destroyed by ballistic missiles. What may I ask are the other ways we can guard against ballistic missiles but by having an anti-ballistic missile shield in place?
If the pacifists and naysayers really want peace, it is fought for and won by the Jim Molans of this world, who rarely grace the pages of the Australian think tank blogs.