The Blayney Chronicle is reporting that Philippines President Gloria Arroyo arrives in Canberra today for talks on on security and counter-terrorism. She will meet up with Mssrs Howard and Rudd with the PM expected to sign a treaty between Australian and the troubled Philippines to allow Australian troops to train there.
Apparently Australia is also donating some 28 riverboats, as used in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, to the Philippinos so they can shoot, I mean, patrol, their rivers for bad guys.
Does treaty and donating gunboats sound suspiciously like Australia gaining a strategic military foothold in the Philippines? How long before we have ‘advisors’ on the ground such as in 1962 with the AATTV in Vietnam?
How many rent a crowd protesters will turn up to the airport?