Thursday, December 18, 2014

Australia should not embrace America, writes a former conservative prime minister, but preserve itself from Washington’s reckless overreach. 

The US: Australia's Dangerous Ally

By Malcolm Fraser 

December 17, 2014 "ICH" - "NI" -  

It is time for Australia to end its strategic dependence on the United States. The relationship with America, which has long been regarded as beneficial, has now become dangerous to Australia’s future. We have effectively ceded to America the ability to decide when Australia goes to war. 

Even if America were the most perfect and benign power, this posture would still be incompatible with the integrity of Australia as a sovereign nation. It entails not simply deference but submission to Washington, an intolerable state of affairs for a country whose power and prosperity are increasing and whose national interests dictate that it enjoy amicable, not hostile, relations with its neighbors, including China. . . 

. . . At the end of the day, we need to ask ourselves what Australia’s independence—Australia’s integrity—is worth to Australians. Australia must regain the ability to deny any other power the capacity to decide whether we stay at peace or go to war. Only by embarking upon a new course can Australia recapture its squandered sovereignty. 

Malcolm Fraser is a former Liberal (Conservative) Prime Minister of Australia.

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