The US capitalist class fuels ‘tension and mistrust’ by weaponising their island

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The Sydney Morning Herald 15.12.16 ‘(Minister for Foreign Affairs) Julie Bishop accuses China of fuelling ‘tension and mistrust’ by weaponising artificial islands

But hang on Julie – this is exactly what the US capitalist class has been increasingly doing with Australia. They don’t even have to put a carrier battle group here – Australia will be their ‘stationary aircraft carrier‘ for their ‘feared and revered’ F-22s (not to mention the B-1s – but that’s a bit later).

And what do the Australian people think about the agents of US capital once again threatening China from their soil? Do they feel anything other than their standard pride at being treated so contemptuously?

B-1B bomber

B-1B bomber

US to fly F-22 Raptors in and out of Australia amid South China Sea tensions

‘The US will begin flying its deadliest fighter plane, the F-22 Raptor, out of northern Australia next year, the most senior American commander in the Pacific has revealed as he warned of a need to show strength to deter aggression in the region.

During a visit to Sydney on Wednesday, the commander of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, vowed the US would remain a major player in the region, saying its “enduring interests” would not “change on January 20th” – referring to the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as President.

Admiral Harris revealed that he had signed a 2017 agreement for Australia to host US military assets including the Raptors, which are feared and revered as the best fighter planes in the world, and will send a strong signal about US military presence in the region.

“I think that’s positive,” Admiral Harris told the Lowy Institute event.

The greater presence of US air power out of Australia follows on from the rotation of US marines as a way to bolster the alliance and the American footprint at the southern edge of Asia – akin to a stationary aircraft carrier. (my italics)…’

The US capitalist class has only started to lean on the Australians regarding their military plans and requirements. And the Australians only continue to fold.

Further, as another example of the utter hypocrisy of the US capitalist class, the weaponised islands of the US state of Hawaii are situated 3977 km or 2471 miles from California.

US naval base, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii

US naval base, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii

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Images: middle/bottom (I highly recommend clicking on this link and reading the text below this image)

Yet again, the contemptuous use the shame-based and servile

USS Nimitz, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii

USS Nimitz, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii

David Wroe ‘US admiral issues blunt warning over Chinese maritime expansion’ The Sydney Morning Herald, 06.10.15

The commander of the United States’ massive Pacific Fleet has warned that if bullying behaviour at sea of the kind shown by China is not confronted, it will spread to land and become a “friction point” there.

Admiral Scott Swift used a speech to a navy conference in Sydney to deliver a thinly veiled insistence that Beijing would not get away with its island-building and maritime coercion in Asia. …

Continuing a trend that has increasingly seen senior US figures use Australian soil to deliver blunt messages to Beijing…

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US lickspittle Australia once again stands up to (Asian, ‘communist’) China

Ripe for visual analysis - PM in the midst of military might: view looking up, Abbott wearing the blue tie of conservatism at centre with Left Hand in pocket where it belongs and Right Hand raised, reinforcing words of visionary leadership, a curious vermillion ‘one’ beside him to indicate his significance for anyone silly enough to miss it; a veritable green forest of troops at military ease, parted like the Red Sea, with a dusting on shoulders of pale blue Australian flags - all focused on Abbott’s every word; symbolic halo above Abbott’s head, two big black wheels in line with his groin, diffuse light flooding the scene from above. Whoever took this photo is a true Rembrandt.

Ripe for visual analysis, PM in the midst of military might: perspectival view, looking up – Abbott, suited-up and wearing the blue tie of capitalist conservatism at centre with Left Hand in pocket where it belongs and Right Hand slightly raised, calmly reinforcing words of visionary leadership, a curious vermilion ‘one’ beside him, perhaps to indicate his significance for anyone silly enough not to know (is it a dropped chilli, an upright carrot on the tarmac?); a complimentary-coloured veritable green-suited forest of all-white troops at military ease, parted like the Red Sea, with a dusting on shoulders of pale blue Australian flags leading in to Abbott’s face and all focused on his every word; symbolic halo above Abbott’s head (although it does look as though its held up by the old wire-up-the-back trick), two big black wheels in line with his groin, diffuse light flooding the scene from above. We’re not simply talking tableau here folks, whoever took this photo is a genius.

ABC Radio National 02.06.15 ’Government reportedly planning ‘freedom of navigation’ exercise in South China Sea

The ‘South what Sea’?

While we’re into preaching ‘freedom’ and upholding the principles of ‘international law,’ what about the US Monroe Doctrine? And what is the primary function of Hawaii for the US – a holiday resort? And how far is Hawaii from the US?

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Stennis Carrier Strike Group Arrives in Hawaii

Stennis Carrier Strike Group arrives in Hawaii

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US naval base, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii

Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam, Hawaii

Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam, Hawaii

USS Nimitz, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii

USS Nimitz, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii

And how far are the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands from the UK?

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 Newsweek cover 19.04.82

Newsweek cover 19.04.82

The sinking of the Belgrano in the 1982 Falklands War. 323 crewmembers died.

The sinking of the Belgrano in the 1982 Falklands War. 323 crewmembers died.

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Pearl Harbour images: 1st/2nd/3rd/4th

Falkland Islands War images: Newsweek cover 19.04.82/The sinking of the Belgrano, 1982