Australia of course has the US base Pine Gap which is vital for all US drone strikes and missile targeting. The US uses it to triangulate it's targeting when firing such things.
Yes folks, Australia has been the closest of US allies over many decades. However the ANZUS treaty has been a thorn in our side. We've followed the US to date into every stupid war they've wanted us to without question. For there now to be calls from people of significance here to get out of the alliance with the US is significant in the extreme.
For many years I myself have thought the same, even back in New Zealand growing up. The ANZUS alliance doesn't mean the US will automatically defend us if invaded. It all depends on the president of the day and the congress of the day to give the green light. In other words it's not worth the paper it's written on. Yet time after time our gov blindly tags along when the US says so.
Why? At the very least we should be using our close friendship to dissuade US lunatic wars.
Paul Keating says Australia should focus less on the US alliance and more on Asia #auspol #abc730 https://t.co/B3iA6ZlVrr— abc730 (@abc730) November 10, 2016
Paul Keating: The foreign policy of Australia is basically we have tag-along rights to the US. #auspol #abc730 https://t.co/61qJrqS9iL— abc730 (@abc730) November 10, 2016