Guest post: Australia’s role in the alliance

Originally a comment by Roj Blake on Tiny favor, Scott.

Where do they get off? Why would they think Morrison has any interest in meddling with US internal affairs? Is Trump also asking other heads of state to wash his underpants, scrub his toilet, pick the nits out of his combover?

On December 27, 1941, Australian Prime Minister wrote in a “Letter to The Australian People” and published in that day’s Newspapers, “Without any inhibitions of any kind, I make it quite clear that Australia looks to America, free of any pangs as to our traditional links or kinship with the United Kingdom.” Although Curtin saw an equal partnership with the US, that has not always been the case. Historically, Liberal governments have tended to treat Australia’s role in the alliance as one of subservience, from Holt’s ‘All the way with LBJ’ to Howard’s ‘deputy sheriff’ doctrine.

Morrison is a Liberal in the same mould as Howard, and also an adherent of Hillsong Church, so no doubt Trump saw him as another easily manipulated evangelical.

I doubt most Americans are aware of it but in Australia the ANZUS Treaty has the status of Holy Writ amongst the Australian Right. In the aftermath of 9/11, John “Deputy Sherrif” Howard invoked the Treaty and thus began our national descent into yet another American Colonial War.

Yet, when Australia attempted to use the Treaty to get US support in standing up to Indonesian aggression in East Timor, the Seppos basically said, “Fuggedaboudit. What did you ever do for us?”

So yes, Australian Prime Ministers do make a habit of washing underpants, scrubbing toilets, picking the nits out of Presidential combovers.

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