I love Oz. It’s a great place, and there’s no one I’d rather have watching my six in a military operation than the Aussies. I still treasure the officer’s hat given to me by a visiting Australian maritime reconnaissance detachment, after I gave them a tour of USS Nimitz (CVN-68) when we were in port in Dubai years ago. I was privileged to participate, in 1992, in the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea, an occasion between longstanding allies that I will never forget. No one could have bad memories of either working with the Australian military or visiting Australia.
So the news that the US will be stationing a detachment of 2500 Marines in northeastern Australia, for what will apparently be six-month rotations, prompts a reaction along the lines of “You lucky devil dogs!”
It also raises some questions. The first is a general but nagging one: Continue reading “Australia and the missing Obama Doctrine”