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Australian to be Army
Pacific’s first foreign officer

Washington Times, by Shaun Waterman

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Posted By:Photoonist, 10/24/2012 12:15:42 AM

An Australian army general next month will become the first foreign officer to assume a senior role in the U.S. Army’s Pacific command, as the Pentagon shifts its focus to Asia and builds alliances in the region. On Nov. 4, Maj. Gen. Rick Burns will become deputy commanding general for operations, said Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander of Army Pacific. Gen. Wiercinski was visiting Washington this week from his Hawaii headquarters. Other U.S. military commands, such as those in Europe and Afghanistan, have foreign officers in senior posts, but Gen. Burns will be the first in Army Pacific.

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Foreign officers over US troops. Who needs the UN to degrade our military effectiveness? Generals Bradley and Patton are spinning in their graves faster than the speed of sound.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: coldoc, 10/24/2012 12:23:41 AM     (No. 8956937)

On what legal basis are American troops to respond to orders from a foreigner. Anybody?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: PageTurner, 10/24/2012 12:24:02 AM     (No. 8956938)

I don't have a problem with this. All they are doing is keeping the Chicoms under control as a group. Aussies have proven their mettle again and again and joined us in every single war we ever asked. They are almost Americans. I'd object if they stuck a Belgian in there but Australians have earned their stripes and have our respect.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 10/24/2012 12:42:13 AM     (No. 8956955)

As the article states, nothing new here. The Deputy Commander at Alaskan Air Command, in Elmendorf, is (or at least was at one time) a Canadian 1-star.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Douglas DC, 10/24/2012 12:44:04 AM     (No. 8956958)

Agreed #2 I was personally bailed out of
a barfight by an Aussie...he really did
'ave yer back mate!...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pigop, 10/24/2012 12:51:08 AM     (No. 8956964)

We share intel with them now. No problem here.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: KTWO, 10/24/2012 12:53:56 AM     (No. 8956966)

Legal basis? Obama is CINC, I think that suffices to let him accept foreign officers in our operations. Or detach ours to serve with other nations.

Not all legal ideas are good ideas.

We allow alien to enlist and in war we have drafted them. Of course that is not quite the same thing since Burns will remain an Australian officer.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: The Advocate, 10/24/2012 2:12:25 AM     (No. 8957018)

The Australian military knows that without the US - they would be speaking Japanese.
Australia has been with us on every battle-this is a good decision.
The Anglosphere needs to unite against the IslamoCommunists.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: LanieLou, 10/24/2012 2:34:02 AM     (No. 8957026)

Love the Australians but since their leader is a raging progressive socialist, this is preparation for UN control over all militaries. Once integrated... they'll flip the control switch. How many areas of the world is this happening? We have no idea.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: chumley, 10/24/2012 3:37:09 AM     (No. 8957045)

#8 voices my concerns well. As great a people as they are, their government has pretty much abandoned all pretext of individual freedom. That is, unless one is a Muslim.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/24/2012 5:33:49 AM     (No. 8957109)

This is smart, if it is smart.
One of Petraeus' chief deputies in the victory in Iraq was foreign.

The problem is that Obama can corrupt anything.
Still for the moment, I see no problem here.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: drkillj0y, 10/24/2012 3:53:30 PM     (No. 8958704)

As long as he/she/it will defend the Republic that is the United States of America and the Constitution to the fullest extent, I don't care if he/she/it is from Mars.



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