CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE
Robert Bond Director Citizens for Defence
Prod the dragon on human rights
Peter Layton on the Lowy blog says the strategy in the China Seas is not working and a refocus on human rights and similar Chinese frailties may succeed where military balance has failed.
Why not prod the dragon with human rights issues etc and make him more belligerent than he is now? This soft power can work effectively until hard power is used. China has clearly demonstrated in the last five years that it will use hard power to gain its goals.
But unless Asian nations including Australia arm themselves and are prepared to defend their sovereignty en-mass there seems to be little we can do but buy Chinese white flags and wave them at China.
The US has realized that leading by example does not work with selfish Australians and other Asian nations and that saving us from the ravages of a marauding Japanese nation in WW2 is of little relevance to the present generation.
Ideally, the US should reduce its defence budget to 1.48% of GDP to match Australia and its other Asian allies and mothball its fleet and missile systems saving a few old frigates and torpedo boats to match our contribution to the Alliance.
The US just cannot afford to carry the rest of the world on its shoulders in the interests of peace. Sequestration is biting deeply with stress on ship maintenance, aircraft numbers and in all areas of the US defence force.
Freedom is not free and Australia should stop bludging on the US.