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U.S. troops headed to Australia, irking China
The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | David Nakamura

Posted on 11/16/2011 6:50:33 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

Obama met with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and announced a permanent military presence in Australia beginning next summer.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — The Obama administration announced plans Wednesday to establish a permanent military presence in Australia, part of the president’s high-profile foreign policy shift toward Asia that is intended as a counterbalance to China’s growing power.

The move to send 250 Marines to bases here for six-month tours starting next summer, eventually rotating 2,500 troops through the country, is the first step toward the administration’s larger goal of repositioning the United States as a leader on both economics and security in the fast-developing Asia Pacific. The pivot appears to be aimed at rethinking Washington’s global commitments at a time when the White House is attempting to draw down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and when budget cuts threaten to curtail defense spending.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — The Obama administration announced plans Wednesday to establish a permanent military presence in Australia, part of the president’s high-profile foreign policy shift toward Asia that is intended as a counterbalance to China’s growing power.

The move to send 250 Marines to bases here for six-month tours starting next summer, eventually rotating 2,500 troops through the country, is the first step toward the administration’s larger goal of repositioning the United States as a leader on both economics and security in the fast-developing Asia Pacific. The pivot appears to be aimed at rethinking Washington’s global commitments at a time when the White House is attempting to draw down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and when budget cuts threaten to curtail defense spending.

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; china; philippines; vietnam

1 posted on 11/16/2011 6:50:34 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Rather pointless, I’d say.


2 posted on 11/16/2011 6:53:09 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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3 posted on 11/16/2011 6:54:41 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
If it actually irks China, then at least that's worth something.
4 posted on 11/16/2011 6:56:59 PM PST by Rio
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

maybe these two needed troops there for their up and coming global warming plans LOL


5 posted on 11/16/2011 6:59:30 PM PST by molson209
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To: MinorityRepublican

Why? why is he really doing this?


6 posted on 11/16/2011 7:00:44 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Another GLORIOUS day in the history of the Corps.
I can see it now;
“Whats that? A few billion Chinese need to kept in check? Ok,, 2 company’s of Marines nearby should be about right”

Publicity like this?? Did my beloved corps PAY the Chicoms to get angry about this? This is GREAT!! LOL


7 posted on 11/16/2011 7:03:49 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Fred Nerks; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks MinorityRepublican.


8 posted on 11/16/2011 7:03:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ColdOne

Exactly. Why is he specifically sending troops overseas on a non-defense priority mission while slashing the military budget into oblivion? Do our Aussie friend want our troops?


9 posted on 11/16/2011 7:09:24 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: ArmyTeach

Yes, they do.

This is positioning against China’s plans to expand. The Aussies want the Chinese to buy their coal, iron ore, and uranium, not take it.


10 posted on 11/16/2011 7:23:06 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

They’ll have a lot of volunteers! What a great assignment!


11 posted on 11/16/2011 7:25:59 PM PST by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: ColdOne

Why? Perhaps to engender a military incident that would boost his popularity around election—you know, “rally ‘round the flag, boys” and all that.


12 posted on 11/16/2011 7:28:40 PM PST by pankot
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To: MinorityRepublican
Yeh. Duty in Australia. Poor guys.

(Cue hysterical laughter...)

13 posted on 11/16/2011 7:28:42 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: MinorityRepublican

This is a sovereign matter for Australia. Our Chinese (economic) friends (not owners) should kindly desist from interfering in Australia’s internal affairs. China, am sure, wouldn’t appreciate it if the shoe was on the other foot. And, unless China is planning to invade Australia, there is no need for them to be alarmed about US military presence in Australia. In fact, I think it can be a win-win situation for all those concerned, and for different reasons.


14 posted on 11/16/2011 7:29:49 PM PST by odds
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To: MinorityRepublican

WOW 2500 US Marines will send China a message...
While I greatly admire the US Marine Corps I do think it is stretching it a bit when it’s thought One Marine is worth 100,000 CRGs..I sorta believe even the Marines who are a bit more realistic .feel that way..


15 posted on 11/16/2011 7:34:01 PM PST by mosesdapoet (To punish a province let it be ruled by a professor Fredrick The Great paraphrased)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Next thing we have to do is start using Da Nang and Subic Bay again.


16 posted on 11/16/2011 7:38:37 PM PST by hc87
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To: Billthedrill

My dad went there on R&R back in 1970. He thought it would be a unique experience and found it quite enjoyable.


17 posted on 11/16/2011 7:47:20 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: Stonewall Jackson

I was there on liberty for all too brief a time in the late 70’s. It is a very impressive place and the people are even more impressive. The Marines are going to get some memories out of this one, I promise you that.


18 posted on 11/16/2011 8:11:01 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: MinorityRepublican

The Chi Coms absolutely hate the Marine Corps. for incidents just after WW 2 and especially for the Chosin Reservoir. The Corps was a major thorn in there sides during Maos take over and they still haven’t forgotten this. So to them I am sure they are taking this as a deliberate insult. Even though our Commander in Thief hasn’t the slightest clue about anything historical.


19 posted on 11/16/2011 8:39:16 PM PST by JimC214
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To: DesertRhino

The active duty strength of our beloved Marine Corps will be reduced in half within the next decade. Just watch.


20 posted on 11/16/2011 8:47:55 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: pankot

As a foreigner, I am a bit dismayed at the degree of nay-saying that I see sometimes on FR. This is a good move for American Geo-Political strategy and for the smaller countries in the region and don’t go off on a tangent about Iraq and Afghanistan and all that. On those points, I agree. Hillary in a rare show of sense, got it spot on that Asia is where the future will be decided, not Afghanistan. Australia is the safest bet for a future military base in the region without and in your face presence in Vietnam (if that were even feasible) or a return to Philippines.

This move sends the Chinese a message and it serves that purpose well. They will be afraid to be as belligerent as they have been and will in turn serve American interests by keeping China pegged in to the little water strip skirting their coast instead of claiming the whole South China sea.


21 posted on 11/17/2011 2:27:29 AM PST by MimirsWell (Pganini, cmdjing, andyahoo, artaxerces, todd_hall, EdisonOne - counting my Chicom scalps)
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