Cunning bastards. Key has left-wing fighting battles of the 1980s with ship visit

100731-N-6854D-111 PEARL HARBOR (July 31, 2010) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach/Released)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach/Released)

John Key is cunning. In announcing a US ship visit he has all the hard left now distracted fighting battles from the 1980s.

For decades we’ve had ship visits from plenty of other countries, like Vietnam and China, but never from the US. Every time it is brought up the old hippies get exercised, but they never say a word about China navy sending ships here.

That is all about to change.

The last remnant of the anti-nuclear standoff has been swept aside, with approval granted for a visit by a United States warship to a New Zealand port.

Prime Minister John Key announced the destroyer USS Sampson will take part in the navy’s 75th anniversary.celebrations in November.

It will be the first US warship to dock here since the ANZUS bust up over New Zealand’s anti-nuclear legislation in the mid-1980s.   Read more »

One reason I won’t support a republic

I have always said that I won’t support a republic for New Zealand until two people are dead. One is Helen Clark and the other is Jim Bolger.

As a former Prime Minister and a man very firm in his views, Jim Bolger has always been a bit stroppy.

But after his performance in Washington last night at a reception for the US NZ Partnership Forum, someone may be asking him to tone it down a bit.

He used his speech as chairman of the NZ US Council to dwell on the Anzus rift over New Zealand’s anti-nuclear laws, which was perplexing to those who wanted to celebrate and move on now the rift is over.

On Friday next week HMNZS Te Mana will be the first NZ frigate to dock at a US naval base, in Guam, in almost 30 years.  Read more »


Lange lied? No surprises there

The author of a new book says that he believes David Lange lied about the anti-nuclear crisis that saw the end of Anzus. No surprises there, politicians are natural born liars.

David Lange’s former chief adviser Gerald Hensley has come to the conclusion that the former Prime Minister lied about his early involvement in the anti-nuclear crisis that gripped the fourth Labour Government.

But Mr Lange’s widow, Margaret Pope, says her husband never trusted Mr Hensley because of his views on Anzus and she is sceptical about how he will be portrayed in his book.  Read more »

Why isn't New Zealand celebrating the 60th anniversary of signing ANZUS

On 1 September it was the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS treaty.

Today we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty, which remains a keystone of our relationship with Australia and an enduring force for stability in the wider region.

Few nations share closer ties than Australia and the United States. Australia promptly invoked its alliance obligations following September 11—something Americans will long remember. The brave men and women of our armed forces have fought side by side in every major battle since the First World War. Today, our soldiers, diplomats, and aid workers are working together in Afghanistan. Equally important, we have strengthened our cooperation across other significant challenges – from environmental degradation to our joint commitment to economic development in Africa and the Pacific.

We look forward to welcoming Australian Foreign Minister Rudd, Defense Minister Smith, and their colleagues later this month at the Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations. AUSMIN will take place at San Francisco’s Presidio complex, where the original ANZUS documents were signed 60 years ago today. We will continue to strengthen this significant alliance in the decades to come.

The only mention of New Zealand in that press release is the two letters in the title of the treaty. With the Wellington Declaration the animosity was supposed to be at an end, looks like the US still doesn’t rate us.