US President Barak Obama Announces Deployment of US Marines To Australia

(  Good on ya mate!  (Australian for ‘Good for you’).  We never thought we would see the day when the Americans would dispatch military personal to Australia.  However US President Barak Obama in a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard  announced the dispatch of American Marines to Australia.  The BBC reports

Australia has agreed to host a full US Marine task force in the coming years, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced at a news conference with US President Barack Obama in Canberra.

She said about 250 US Marines would arrive next year, eventually being built up to 2,500 personnel.

The deployment is being seen as a move to counter China’s growing influence.

But Mr Obama said the US was “stepping up its commitment to the entire Asia-Pacific”, not excluding China.

The interesting thing to note is that although Barak Obama campaigned to get into office on a ‘peace not war’ theme. However, he like any other US president, had to get his reality check and after entering office had to make sure his nation is competitive.

However, the dispatch does make one wonder if it is really necessary.  Aren’t their enough US soldiers dispatched in Asia Pacific with numerous bases in Japan and Korea, not to mention Hawaii and Guam?