July 21, 2012

U.S., Australia Toothless Before Asian Tigers

Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

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It was only seven months ago that Barack Obama and Julia Gillard stood together to jubilantly announce a permanent new deployment of US Marines to Darwin. It was the biggest permanent shift of US forces in peacetime into the Asia-Pacific since the Vietnam War. "The United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay," Obama declared to the Australian Parliament.

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