Building military ties with Australia
President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with Australian and U.S. troops at a military base in Darwin, Australia Thursday.
November 17th, 2011
05:51 AM ET

Building military ties with Australia

Darwin, Australia (CNN)–President Obama, accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, spoke to troops at a military base in Darwin, Australia on Thursday. The President announced earlier this week an enhanced military partnership with close ally Australia. The United States will deploy up to 250 Marines to Australia next year, steadily increasing that number to 2500 in the coming years.

"[O]ur alliance is rooted in the bonds between our people, and the democratic values that we share and our commitment to stand with each other through thick and through thin, no matter what," the president told the crowd of 2000 on the remote base in northern Australia.

"This region has some of the busiest sea lanes in the world, which are critical to all our economies. And in times of crisis - from the Bali bombings to East Timor to relief after a tsunami - Darwin has been a hub, moving out aid, caring for victims, making sure that we do right by the people of this region. And that's what we're going to keep doing, together," said Mr. Obama.

The president heads to Bali, Indonesia, to meet with Asian world leaders in a region which has become a priority for the United States as it seeks to improve trade and create jobs at home, as well as strengthening alliances to serve as a counter balance to an increasing Chinese influence in the region.

Topics: Australia • China • President Obama

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  1. eideard

    Cripes. So, we really need to spend a minimum of $250 million taxpayer dollars to reassure the military-industrial complex that Cold War politics and Cold War spending are still alive and well in Washington.

    Thanks for the Change.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Let's see...

      November 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
      • jimmer

        Fine want to mention the 1950s, then tell the good folks here what the tax rates were then know......when we had a middle class?

        November 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  2. Howard

    obama's current trip is another slippery obama attempt to run away, and temporarily take the heat off himself, for massive screw ups, like Solyndra, and Fast n' Furious. Claiming that his trip will open foreign markets, and thus create more American jobs is a joke. Thanks to obama, unions are already over paying American workers to a level that makes them uncompetative with their Asia Pacific counterparts ... and, makes the propects of under paid Asian workers buying over priced American goods a pipe dream ... not to mention adding in the cost of freight to get the American made goods thousands of miles away, to their Asian sales outlets. But, like with most of obama's sweeping promises and platitudes, obama hopes that enough suckers will once again buy into his B.S., in order to get himself relected ... because a BILLION dollars, may not be enough to buy the Presidency this time.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • jean2009

      @ Howard:
      Personally, I consider 130,000 newly created American jobs, and $39 billion in new trade deal agreements, for American businesses, a very good return on his investment of time in arranging ...what you term a staged photo-op.

      @Bill in STL;
      Go directly to the full text of the President's remarks at and read the exact from that text what the President's speech included, at the APEC Summit on Nov. 13, 2011.
      Paragraph # 2 He directly welcomed everyone to his home state of Hawaii.
      Paragraph # 5. He emphasized the importance of the Asia-Pacific region as critical to America's economic growth.

      He will definitely know which day our troops are due in Australia. Anyone who has traveled across the international date line knows how confusing time becomes, and how tiring the experience can be.

      Maybe you should crack a geography book; you obviously missed doing that.

      November 20, 2011 at 11:49 am |
      • Howard

        JEAN, unlike you, and Liz, who believe EVERYTHING obama says ... I don't believe ANYTHING obama says !!!

        November 21, 2011 at 12:33 am |
  3. GetReal

    Remember? Just a few days ago, President Obama tried to negotiate with China regarding their unfair trade practices by continuing to devalue the yuan? They wouldn't even consider it.
    Now, we will have a military presence in their back yard. LOL
    It is a clear signal that world leaders need to show some respect when our President speaks.
    Brilliant timing.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • jean2009

      You betcha!

      November 20, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  4. Bill in STL

    But from what I heard he won't know which day our troops need to be there... Kinda gives a new meaning to that old saying.... a day late and a dollar short! 😉

    November 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  5. Wind

    This should've been seen by all here in the Empire. Japan asked us to stay, then South Korea wanted more troops. Of course the Aussies wanted more protection. Containing China is well in effect, Washington sees it like this. Someone has to dominate the world so why not us? With so many allies fighting one is insane at this point.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  6. 1FreeWorld

    SEIU and the others!


    Tell us what Democracy Looks Like!

    November 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • jimmer

      in true socialism workers control the means of production. Under hitler, it was actually a combination of aristocracy and capitalism. Technically, private businessmen owned and controlled the means of production. The Nazi "Charter of Labor" gave employers complete power over their workers. It established the employer as the "leader of the enterprise," and read: "The leader of the enterprise makes the decisions for the employees and laborers in all matters concerning the enterprise."

      November 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  7. Joey

    We already had troops there at Woomera for decades. I'm retired military and tried my hardest to get assigned there, but New Zealand was the closest I got. This is not a big deal, we've worked with the Aussies militarily for a long long time. From what I understand the Aussies will pay for most of it just like Japan does. This isn't even really news and was in the works for a long time. Obama merely followed a plan that was already approved yet CNN reports it as if Obama thought it all up himself.

    November 20, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  8. jerry

    to obama: do you really think we voting Americans are stupid? You are pulling out of Iraq and allowing a vacuum after our wonderful troops paid a horrible price for those people...just like when we left Vietnam and the communists murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent south Vietnamese. You make a halfassed effort to make voters think you are changing military strategy and focusing on the Chinese are the idiot. Fact is your administration has created the most unstable middle east the world has seen in 60 years and the world will pay for it. The other super powers in the world know you are incompetent and act accordingly...we need real American leadership...and we will get it in 2012.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:57 am |