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5 August 2010 09:22

In case you missed it, here's the policy recommendation that comes right at the end of Stephan Frühling and Benjamin Schreer's post on 'Australia and the next phase in Afghanistan':

...the Australian military presence in the Middle East should be shaped to support wider US interests than only those in Afghanistan. The unresolved conflict over the Iranian nuclear program is shaping up as a major future challenge. Sending an additional frigate to participate in maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf, or deploying the new Super Hornet fighters there, would be strong signals that Australia remains willing to invest in its security relationship with the US.

Since the Americans themselves have not yet militarily escalated their disagreement with Iran, wouldn't it be a little premature for Australia to offer ships and fighter aircraft for that purpose?

And who says escalating the military confrontation is a good idea anyway? Frühling and Schreer imply that it is uncontroversial, since they move straight to a recommendation on how Australia can help the Americans to intimidate Iran. But maybe, instead of unquestioningly 'investing in the security relationship', our role could be to talk the Americans out of a huge mistake.

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