What was U.S. Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy so pleased about in this picture? The commissioning of a U.S.-built war ship for Australia to use called the U.S.S. Canberra.It will be ported in Australia as that is much, much closer to China than any U.S. port. And it is festooned with this symbol of Australia’s subservience to the U.S. war machine now doing business as AUKUS:
A less flashy but probably more egregious violation of Australia’s sovereignty is the news that it is slated to become the nuclear waste dump of the AUKUS alliance.
From Crikey originally but it’s paywalled, so here’s the whole article reposted to MSN.com.
Seeing this news reminded me of an item I saw earlier in the week regarding Australia’s unique global position for rocket launches. At think tank Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), U.S. Space Force director of staff Lieutenant-General Nina Armagno told Aussies, “Australia is sitting on a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for our common national security interests.”
Two major parts of a shared US–Australia space capability centred on surveillance and tracking of objects in space are now up and running near Exmouth in Western Australia. One is a C-band radar that was based in Antigua and has been relocated to WA, and the other is the Space Surveillance Telescope, originally developed by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The telescope is run as a joint facility and recently achieved its initial operating capability.
Who funds ASPI? Australia’s Department of “Defence” plus plenty of corporate entities that would love to get their hands on some of that gold.
Australia’s growing space industry will almost certainly welcome any moves to expand US–Australia launch collaboration, especially after a NASA rocket blasted off from the Northern Territory in June.
Old war ships and new rocket ships are all part of the massive international arms buildup for U.S. and its vassals, oops allies, to fight China and its strategic partner Russia.
What does that look like where you live?
Where I live we’ll gather Saturday July 29 at 9:30am to protest the so-called “christening” of a nuclear-capable Aegis Destroyer war ship at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard.
Menacing China with nuclear weapons systems that can be ported in South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, or Australia (and maybe New Zealand?) is the point. Peek below the surface rhetoric and you’ll see that’s what the war in Ukraine is about — weakening Russia in advance of hot war with economic rival China.
I talked about much of this on a talk radio show here in Maine this morning (hear the recorded interview here). One of the hosts challenged my belief that building nuclear weapons systems and spreading them all over the world makes people in Maine less safe, not more safe.
What do you think?