The last genuinely independent Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating’s warning against AUKUS was accurate. However, Australian Labour Party Government today is no less dependent on our colonial masters than the previous Liberal Government. In the middle of the world’s struggle to free itself from American hegemony, Australia insists on going backwards!
AUKUS – is Australia an “ally” or just a vassal state happy to serve and to be used and plundered?
In September 2021. in a no-holds-barred statement, the former Labor leader (Paul Keating) said Prime Minister Scott Morrison has led Australia away from the Asian century and back towards a “jaded and faded Anglosphere”, with the current ALP leadership “complicit in [a] historic backslide”.
AUKUS is another mess created by Australian Liberals not long before the last elections. It was a typical servile approach to Australian foreign and defence policies by the Liberal Party based on their endemic racism. In all honesty, I believed that AUCUS would not survive incoming elections with widely anticipated ALP victory. ALP’s support for the idea could signify their reluctance to discuss that during the election campaign. I was wrong, and Paul Keating (as usual) was right. After all, he has much better knowledge of what is happening inside ALP. I am sad when I think how this might hurt him.
The policymaking apparatus behind the AUKUS security pact was shoddy from the start. It has raised questions about how US power will subordinate Australia further in future conflicts. It has brought into question Australia’s sovereignty if it ever had one. Also, it has increased the spectre of regional nuclear proliferation via the use of otherwise closely guarded propulsion technology. Does anyone in an arrogant Anglo-sphere care about what our neighbour, Indonesia, might think about that? Indonesia is the only country that can guarantee stability and security in our region. On the other hand, the US is the only threat to regional peace and security.
Australia’s distancing from Asia
Mr Keating, who served as a member of the international advisory board of the China Development Bank (alongside, at one stage, the former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger), has long championed Australia forging its own destiny in Asia. Keating’s ALP government created significant conditions for Australian trade with China. It was strongly pushing for breaking old colonial chains of maintaining the Australian position as a local policeman serving and protecting the interests of the UK and the US.
Australia was calling itself the “lucky country” when I came here in 1987. Then, in 1996 we elected John Howard and Liberal Party to lead the country. Our long trip to the past has started, and it does not seem to be ending yet. Without going too deep into it – the foundation for a racist mess that AUKUS is just a part of started right then. We did not know it, but the fact that John Howard is the second longest-serving PM of Australia tells you a lot about us. I will probably write about that a bit more in the future. It is a very tragic story that upsets me a lot.
Incompetence or something much worse?
May I dare to disagree with the Honorable Paul Keating, who I deeply respect? I don’t think that problems with Australian defence and foreign policies are caused by incompetence. I hope he is the one that is right again. However, I am seriously concerned there is much more than just incompetence.
“It takes a monster level of incompetence to forfeit military control of one’s own state, but this is what Scott Morrison and his government have managed to do.”Paul Keating
It certainly looked like incompetence when Paul Keating made the above statement. However, no change to these policies happened after the change of the government. Do we have two incompetent governments? I don’t think so. We are dealing with the consequences of some foreign intelligence services influencing both of our major political parties. That started after our greatest PM, Gough Whitlam, was ousted in a very Anglosphere coup. In short – any young politician judged too independent is quietly denied any opportunity to advance through the ranks or either ALP or Liberals. Australians are too easy to manipulate to support the current two-party preferential system.
Is it our turn to be dumped by the US?
The US Navy’s fast attack submarine program, the Virginia class, is under pressure. On average, a mere 1.2 vessels have been delivered per year over the last five years.
The consequence of that problem is whether Australia would buy a US nuclear-powered submarine, the classic off-the-shelf approach to defence procurement that thrills some while aggravating others. According to some voices in Congress, this is a fanciful prospect to be stomped upon. “That’s not going to happen,” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va) of the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower committee bluntly told Breaking Defense in December. “I just don’t see how we will build a submarine and sell it to Australia during that time.”
The plundering of Australia continues! Regardless of who is in our government, the interests of Washington or London will always be prioritised
Make no mistake, Americans will not sell us submarines, but they will take our money. That has been the Australian role in the Anglosphere (or in the “five eyes” if you prefer) since ever. What is the deal?
Wittman, still smelling a buck for US national interests, suggested that Australian submariners or shipbuilders spend time in the US “for a full build cycle” to understand the process. The following Virginia class submarine built could be designated to the Australian AOR [area of responsibility] and operated by a dual US-Australian crew with a dual command function. “So, it’ll be a submarine that operates in their AOR like an Australian submarine.” This means Australia will pay for the crew training and the submarine that will be SHARED with Americans! I would love to see who will sign that “deal”. In my mind, this is as corrupt as it gets. What do you think?
Americans have no “allies”, just vassals. Only fools don’t know that
The foundation of any alliance is trust. Americans don’t trust anyone – Australia included.
In a letter of concern to US President Joe Biden, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and James Inhofe (R-Okla) dated December 21. 2022, the lawmakers are clear that “current conditions require a sober assessment of the facts to avoid stressing the US submarine industrial base to the breaking point.”
It must come as something of a supreme irony that Congress is concerned that the US will suffer its own challenges to sovereignty by committing Virginia-class vessels to Australia under the AUKUS agreement. This is from a country that has clearly, unequivocally and seamlessly taken control over Australian military and operational independence in any practical sense. Clearly, Americans don’t trust that Australia would support their effort with these submarines in the future if needed. Why should Australia trust that the US will assist if needed? Trust is a two-way road. Unless you are a corrupt Aussie government.
Then comes incompetence
Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles ponders Australia’s contribution to the agreement, believing it to be worthwhile and able. “We have said we will build the capacity in Adelaide to build nuclear-powered submarines.”
It is simply not clear whether Marles has any concept about the project’s complexity, observing that nuclear technology experts from universities across the country will be co-opted as part of the enterprise.
“We’re very confident that it’s in the interests of Australia, but also in the interest of the United States and the interests of the United Kingdom.”Anthony Albanese – Australian PM
He has spoken about the “optimal pathway”, which was “not just the issue of what is built, but how it is built, as well as the optimal pathway in building a capacity of skills in the Australian workforce.”
Such statements do little to arrest the hard-nosed sceptics in Congress, who see little merit in splashing out in such endeavours if there is no safe, assured return for US military and business interests. Improving Australian skills in the area is a distant, secondary consideration. The nuclear submarine aspect of AUKUS may sink before it gets off the assembly line. We, Australian taxpayers, will get the bill, nevertheless.
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