Pentagon says B-1 On It’s Way To Australia.
Then tiny tony says ‘No’, Then Pentagon says ‘Oops’.
As part of US ‘defense’ actions, a lot of Marines and their assorted hangers-on are soon to be based in Darwin.
A statement issued overnight by the Assistant US Defense Secretary clearly stated, “We will be placing additional air force assets in Australia as well as B-1 bombers and surveillance aircraft”.
Some people, mostly from China, and a good handful from Australia as well, got a bit flustered at the very thought of this.
Then came the ‘correction’: “I understand that the official misspoke and that the US does not have any plans to base those aircraft in Australia,” abbott said.
I’ll say two things about this issue:
- If the Assistant US Defense Secretary says that a certain piece of hardware is on its way, well you can bet that that is what has been planned.
- The B-1 is/was already here. I know this because I have seen it flying, more than once. One particularly memorable encounter was at night, the B-1 flying very low and slow; probably moving from one RAAF base to another (East Sale to Edinburgh, I suspect), back in the 90’s. I well remember calling the RAAF the following day to report an ‘unusual sighting’ of what I considered to be a military aircraft operating outside its usual performance envelope. I was assured that while there was no record of this particular flight plan, that military aircraft can and did fly wherever they damn well liked; and they didn’t necessarily have to log their plans with civilian agencies.
Yours in shared responsibility for defence of our wide brown land, and posturing our forces in a manner provocative to the Chinese,