Shooting down an ANZUS enemy

Australia's ANZUS treaty depends on American superiority in the Pacific, and time is running out to fix the Joint Strike Fighter debacle that threatens both.

Our Foreign Affairs Minster, Bob Carr, is one of Australia’s greatest students of US history. Australia needs him to put that knowledge to good use because the effectiveness of our ANZUS alliance with the US now faces a long-term danger.

Bob should spend this ANZAC day going back into history to be reminded that his 1950 counterpart, Sir Percy Spender, realised that Australia needed a long-term alliance with the US. Spender’s view is just as true in 2012 as it was in 1950.

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