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NATO chief praises Australian special forces ^ | 26th April 2013 | Simon Benson

Posted on 04/25/2013 6:01:20 PM PDT by naturalman1975

ONE of the world's most powerful military commanders has ranked Australian special forces soldiers as among the best he has seen and wants them to play an increasing role in global security.

Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces Europe, US Admiral James Stavridis, said Australia was now in the top tier of alliance partners and its niche military capabilities served as a model for future operations.

But in a frank assessment of how the world would handle new and emerging threats, he said security in the 21st century could not be delivered simply "down the barrel of a gun".


Admiral Stavridis, who commands the world's largest military force through the US/Europe alliance, said Australia - a non-NATO contributor in Afghanistan - would become a key military partner for NATO as it expanded its influence beyond its traditional World War II boundaries.

Suggesting global security threats would have to be managed differently from conflicts of the past, he cited Australian capabilities as a model for the transition to reconstruction in Afghanistan.

"Can I start by saying thank you Australia for your contribution," he said.

"When I look at the specifics of what Australia has done in Afghanistan, it really is quite extraordinary, it goes from difficult challenging combat roles in Uruzgan, to training and advising. It is the model for the rest of the transition.

"Some of the areas I think Australia is very strong in are special operations.

"You have one of the top forces in the world.


Beyond Afghanistan, he believed that Australia had a growing role in maintaining global security, suggesting NATO would seek closer engagement with this country.

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
In my view - Australia is primarily in Afghanistan in support of the United States - both as a friend, and also because in the case of Afghanistan, the ANZUS Treaty was triggered by an attack on the metropolitan territory of the United States.

As the NATO alliance was also triggered by such an attack, we've found ourselves working alongside NATO as a whole and there's nothing wrong with that - but Australia is not if Afghanistan to support NATO, but to support the United States.

There are certain other members of NATO who could rely on our support if they needed it because of ties of friendship and history and blood - the United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands among them - but I think caution is called for about the idea of some sort of expanded super-NATO treaty.

1 posted on 04/25/2013 6:01:20 PM PDT by naturalman1975
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2 posted on 04/25/2013 6:07:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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Best there is.

3 posted on 04/25/2013 6:31:40 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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They have always came to the aid of mother Britain even when it placed them at great risk as in WWII. Stood with us in Korea and Nam...and more recently Iraq I and II as well as Afghanistan. They are and have been good friends.

Of late, they have been nuzzling up to Red China economically and the Red’s are using finance and rope a dope strategy to try to draw them away from us.

Strategically, 20mm Euro-colonialists surrounded by a few billion land and resource hungry Asians.....a bad outcome can’t be too far away....especially as our own ruling class is composed primarily of moron metro-sexuals and butch lesbians who won’t defend AZ and TX, let alone Australia.

The RA Navy as 12 frigates of 20 year old tech and 6 subs they had to recruit foreigners to run.

RA Army, has 30k regulars mostly mechanized infantry...a very light force. Double that if you count their ready reserves of 16k....and their standby reserves of 12k....which you probably shouldn’t

Air Force 70 F18’ and 20+ Super F18’s....with transport you could count on your fingers and toes.

The SpecFor guys have always been among the best whether in WWII or today. We had some on loan that trained with my light infantry battalion 25 yarns ago and they were tough and smart.....all outback boys back then.

But now...thanks to the British envy disease of the Aussie ruling classes...the civies are disarmed: Their women are in combat roles and gays have been gay in the open since 1992.

Bet the Chinese love all that.

The US?...some of us in the barbarous fly over lands still have our rifles and know how to use them...nearly from birth. Other than that, we aren’t any better off.

My prayers are with them.

4 posted on 04/25/2013 7:04:37 PM PDT by Lowell1775
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he said security in the 21st century could not be delivered simply "down the barrel of a gun".

Actually, that's EXACTLY how security will be delivered in the 21st Century - it just won't be American guns.

5 posted on 04/25/2013 7:09:26 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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