The chattering class has a new project of self-importance. It is called; 'Australia in the Asian Century'.
Can't say I have ever liked the word "Asian" because it doesn't describe much given there are so many different kinds of peoples with different concerns in the Pacific Rim and beyond.
I agree that "all the way with LBJ" was a bad idea. Just as having Australian troops waste any more time in Afghanistan is a bad idea.
With that, I don't think being a useful tool for Communist China is especially worthwhile.
How would Australia react if they were instead located in the space occupied by the Philippines; facing a bullying Communist China who have over-reached on their definition of territory?
How is the China appreciation club going to react if the only sane response to an increasingly aggressive North Korea is to have a JDAM party once and for all?
Smith made the right response or at least an OK response.
I look forward to the new white paper on Australia in the Asian Century.