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Australia joins US-led anti-Iran flotilla… in the name of national security & economic interests

RT | August 21, 2019

Australia will send a frigate and a spy plane in support of Washington’s dubious initiative to boost security in the Straits of Hormuz by filling it with foreign warships, increasing the risk of miscalculations and provocations.

“The government has decided that it is in Australia’s national interest to work with our international partners to contribute,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday morning. “Our contribution will be limited in scope and it will be time-bound.”

Following the US and UK lead, the former British colony will reinforce the sparse coalition with a P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance plane this year and will dispatch a frigate next January for at least six months’ patrol, foreign affairs minister Marise Payne and defense minister Linda Reynolds said in a statement.

Besides this ‘limited’ contribution, Canberra also agreed to provide intelligence and other assistance, as the US faces an uphill battle trying to muster support for its “maritime policing” initiative. Previously, only the UK and Israel had volunteered to battle the much-hyped Iranian threat, following a series of mysterious attacks on oil tankers that were pinned on Tehran and reciprocal vessel seizures by Iran and the UK.

The Islamic Republic, meanwhile, believes the US is simply trying to enforce its unilateral oil sanctions through military pressure after failing to do it via political extortion.

August 20, 2019 - Posted by | Militarism | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. No surprises here.. Scomo is a sellout US/Israeli, Murdoch puppet!

    Comment by brianconcannon | August 21, 2019 | Reply

  2. Sigh…. Eff quisling Australia, playing (sailing) along with the Zionist Enterprise-cum-Basta*d Bolton’s wet dreams of *goosing* ” the risk of miscalculations and provocations.”

    Diplomacy…the lost art, globally.

    Comment by roberthstiver | August 21, 2019 | Reply

    • “Quisling”….”A traitor who collaborates with an enemy force occupying their country”…..I don’t think Australia is occupied by the USA……Yet, anyway.

      We get dragged into every American invasion(usually of an innocent country(like Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq……) because of the ANZUS Treaty

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 21, 2019 | Reply

  3. “Washington’s dubious initiative to boost security in the Straits of Hormuz by filling it with foreign warships, increasing the risk of miscalculations and provocations”.

    I doubt that the USA “needs help” from Australia’s paltry ‘defence’ forces in Hormuz, but it does allow Washington to call itself a “Coalition”, which disguises(not very well though) the USA’s raw aggression against a country that bothers no one around it(as opposed to Israel, which does)

    The USA needs to “Pull its head in”, and leave selected countries alone, and go home and fix the myriad problems that beset the AMERICAN PEOPLE……..

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 21, 2019 | Reply


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